Birds still nesting at Silvermine Main Crag

Photo:  Chris LaidlerSilvermine Main Crag and BOG remain closed due to nesting birds…

Report by Mullet (from the forum thread: Birds nesting at Silvermine Main Crag

“I was up at Silvermine today and got an update on the kestrel nesting situation.

Main Crag is still closed for climbing.

While at the top parking lot preparing to go up to Blaze, we were approached by a ranger who told us that the crag was closed and we had to go to Lower Silvermine. When I queried him further, he informed us that the birds are NOT finished nesting and that Silvermine Main crag will be closed for approximately two more months. We were told that Lower Silvermine is still open and when I asked, was informed that it was still ok to climb at Blaze of Glory. When we got to the path down to Main crag and Blaze the path was cordoned off with some red and white caution tape and there was a sign up indicating that bird nesting was taking place in the area.
Also, the “Bird nesting complete” sign (right), has been removed by Park officials.

It would probably be best to climb at some of the other crags in the area for the next few months (or until someone gets exact details on the extent of the closure) so as not to jeopardise future access to the crags. The ranger we spoke to was quite accommodating but he did speak with a bit of distaste about “some idiots” who had removed some of the signs put up by park officials and even thrown one down the cliff. Hopefully it wasn’t one of the climbing community.”

4 Responses to Birds still nesting at Silvermine Main Crag

  1. Willem Boshoff (mok) Nov 25, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    uhm, from the post it seems that BOG is open for climbing(?).

    “We were told that Lower Silvermine is still open and when I asked, was informed that it was still ok to climb at Blaze of Glory. “

  2. Alan HIlls (mullet) Nov 25, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Hey Mok, we were told on the day that it would be ok to climb at Blaze because the Kestrels are only nesting at Main crag but when we got to the path down to Main and BOG, it was cordoned off before it splits to the respective crags. Because we had been given the OK, and because I had offered, I wen’t down to BOG to make sure that there were no birds nesting there. There weren’t. I will contact TMNP and ask if they can move the caution tape to after the split in the path if it is indeed their intention to keep BOG open.

  3. Willem Boshoff (mok) Nov 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    coolas! thanks!

  4. Justin Nov 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Apologies, my mistake!! I’ve corrected it.

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