Heather Dugmore
Heather Dugmore2021-01-05T06:42:55+00:00
  • Southern Right whale mothers dropped 23% in body weight

    photo credit - Dr Els Vermeulen From June to October the southern right whales give birth and nurse their calves in protected bays along South Africa’s southern Cape coast. The first aerial survey for 2023 on 28 August revealed 556 mothers with calves (1,112 whales) between Hermanus and Witsand. “It’s a good year [...]

  • Honeybees are essential for food and job security

    Any decline in our honeybee populations is a direct threat to food and job security in South Africa’s extensive agricultural crop industry. ‘Over 50 agricultural crops, worth over R10,3 billion per annum to the South African economy, are pollinated by honeybees,’ says Shelly Fuller from the World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF’s) Sustainable Agriculture Programme, [...]

  • Free maths and science tutoring for all Grade 11 & 12 learners – Join now!

    Vuyani Chipunza never expected to become a maths and science celebrity, but these days he is stopped in the streets by learners asking if he is “that Vuyani from Yebo Tutor”. He most certainly is. He is one of several skilled tutors in the Centre for Broadband Communication (CBC) at Nelson Mandela University who livestream [...]

2012, 2022

Criminal to have food insecurity when govt policy can solve it

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‘We are confident that we can help to solve South Africa’s food insecurity crisis through our national FoodBanking model, but [...]

2012, 2022

The long journey to the Higgs boson and beyond – the power of collaboration

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  “Finding the Higgs boson at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was all about the power of long-term research and [...]

808, 2022

We have to shock people and governments into facing the reality

By |August 8th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on We have to shock people and governments into facing the reality

“We have to alert the world to the impending food security, livelihoods and marine ecosystems disaster in the Western Indian [...]

103, 2022

Largest ever Southern Ocean seabird and marine mammal tracking project calls for urgent conservation areas

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The largest research project ever undertaken by multiple nations using tracking data of seabirds and mammals over the entire Southern Ocean, calls for conservation areas to be urgently established. The findings from this international collaboration that were published in Nature are intended to inform spatial management across the entire Southern Ocean, to recommend where MPAs should be expanded or new MPAs created in areas of national jurisdiction as well as within the high seas where there is no national jurisdiction. The goal is to maximise biodiversity conservation in areas of ecological importance.

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About Heather Dugmore

Heather Dugmore was born and raised in Johannesburg. She has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University, South Africa. She operates between her base in the Eastern Cape and her office in Johannesburg. Her writing reflects the diversity of her experience: from humour to environmental conservation to business to academic research.

Heather contributes to leading newspapers, magazines, universities and corporates. She has produced, managed and edited content in all its multimedia forms – including books, features, photographs, websites, magazines, publications, reports, newsletters and brochures.

She is the author of several books including:

  • Big Cats of Mala Mala, a large-format coffee table book with photographs by Roger and Pat de la Harpe, which narrates a year of living with the big cats and an exploration of the lion, leopard and cheetah in African mythology.
  • Muthi & Myths from the African Bush explores indigenous medicinal plants and cultural knowledge systems in Africa through the storytelling medium.
  • Shamwari: Soul of the Earth explores conservation entrepreneurialism, environmental sustainability and the role of wild places in the survival of our planet.
  • The WWF-Nedbank Green Trust’s 25th Anniversary Book. This book documents the wide range of projects, from terrestrial and marine conservation to national policy and climate change initiatives that The WWF-Nedbank Green Trust has sponsored since its inception.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – 30th Anniversary of Grantmaking in South Africa 1988 – 2018. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded numerous research projects in the Arts and Humanities at South African Universities to strengthen and promote human and environmental well-being in diverse, democratic societies.