Lauren Waller


Lauren Waller stays on Dyer Island for a few weeks at a time when she's working. There are only two other inhabitants on the island but there is no roughing it. In fact, there are many houses left over from the days of guano (bird poo) collecting and seal hunting; power comes from a generator and water from saline distillation. "I love it,� she says of her second home, which she shares with seals, penguins and birds. "I love seeing the interaction of animals. But what's sad is that you might think that because it's an island it's pristine but there is still pollution,there are still birds that get caught in nets. It's not as pristine as you might think.� As part of a programme between Cape Nature and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, Waller's job is to oversee burrows that have been supplied, since most of the guano was scraped from the island in the 1900s. This helps our tuxedo-clad friends to breed underground, out of the sun and away from predators. � Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Savannah Cafe, Hermanus