Below are resources that you may find useful. For more information please stop by the NVT office or contact us.

Conservation Portfolio

Annual Reports

Checklists and Guides

In collaboration with Professor Charles Breen and the NVRA, we have revised the existing Alien invasive species guide. This Guide has three valuable parts:

1. Legal Obligations – explains the categories and their importance and what it means to have species that fall within these categories, on your property.

2. Identifying Alien Invasive Plants – a list of 30 species classified as invasive in the area, with illustrations and colour pictures as well as flowering times and alternative indigenous species to replant your garden.

3. Control of Problem Plants – covers a brief legal background and methods (mechanical) of small-scale control.

Download your guides below or stop by the office for a copy:

Coastal (#ShareTheShores)

Know your shorebirds and how to #ShareTheShores with them.

White-fronted Plover

  • Learn about Sandy, the main threats to her survival and what you can do to help increase her breeding success on beaches.
  • Plover safety on beaches

African Oystercatcher

  • Learn about Rocky, the main threats to his survival and what you can do to help increase beach-nesting bird breeding success on beaches.
  • Oystercatcher safety on beaches

Marine Debris

Global and local marine debris information

Dog Regulation
Beaches in Plettenberg Bay

The Greater Plettenberg Bay area has fantastic diversity in both Fauna and Flora and to celebrate this was classified as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) by Birdlife South Africa in 2015. To maintain this status, we need to zone beaches in a  way that protects our shorebirds while also being inclusive to both dog owners and holidaymakers that enjoy our beaches.

In partnership with NVT, Plett Tourism, PAWS and the Ratepayer Associations of Plettenberg Bay, Keurbooms and Nature’s Valley, Bitou municipality launched dog zonation on beaches, from Robberg to Nature’s Valley.

Please keep an eye out at beach entrances for the zonation in your immediate area and your closest preferred zone. Transition zones will be marked with clear signage on the beaches. Please leash your dog when moving from a green zone to an orange zone and remember that dogs are not allowed in a red zone, whether on a leash or not; these are high-density shorebird nesting areas or are designated Blue Flag Beaches.

Non-compliance to these new regulations, as well as unruly dogs, may be subject to a fine.

Downloadable beach maps for your area can be found below and on the Plett Tourism page.

We also have a 3-page, A4 flyer for your home and/or business with all the beaches and their zones. 

Nature’s Valley and the surrounding SANParks area

Being surrounded by National Park, Nature’s Valley residents often have wild animals on their doorstep. This opens up an opportunity for companion-animal and wildlife conflicts. Click below for Nature’s Valley Dog Guidelines to keep your fur children and the beautiful wildlife, safe.

Marine (#ShareTheSeas)

Know the Rules

  • A legal guide to recreational vessels and wildlife
  • guide to legal and ethical boat-based whale-watching
  • Updated Code of Conduct and Operational Guidelines applicable to boat-based whale and dolphin watching, South Africa

Species Guidelines

Humpback Whale

(Megaptera novaeanglide)

Southern Right Whale

(Eubalaena australis)

Bryde's Whale

(Balaenoptera brydei)

Humpback Dolphin

(Sousa plumbea)

Bottlenose Dolphin

(Tursiops aduncus)

Cape Fur Seal

 (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus)

Urban Management

Human-baboon Conflict Management

Sharing our environment with wildlife may sometimes result in conflicts. It is therefore important to practice good baboon and monkey safety. These guidelines should assist.

Green Living Guidelines