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These four one-degree grid cells are centred on Gauteng. This is the part of South Africa under the highest pressure for development. This is therefore an area which is especially important for regular spatial monitoring of biodiversity. SABAP2 does it for the birds. What we are trying to do this year is to get at least one checklist from every one of the 576 pentads in this region. We are also aiming to get an average of six checklists per pentad; this means we are aiming to get 6 × 576 = 3456 checklists in total for this region.
This map shows what has been done so far, ie on 9 August 2013. It shows the four degrees, and one extra row of pentads all the way along the edges (it would be nice to get these visited too!). The number in the pentad is the number of checklists received to date (but once the number gets beyond 9, it is replaced by a + sign!). 380 of pentads have been visited, and 1896 checklists have been submitted. That is 66% of the pentads and 54.9% of the target number of checklists.
We are falling a little behind our objectives, and it will take a special effort this spring to get back on track! So this is an invitation to atlasers to go wide, and boost the coverage, and to go deep, because every checklist counts towards the 3456! It is fantastic to see pentads with 50 or more lists for 2013 alone – these are the ones shaded purple in the map.
There is a Facebook group for SABAP2 at www.facebook.com/groups/sabap2.