Habitat Transformation of the Cape Floristic Kingdom
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Habitat transformation in the Cape Floristic Kingdom (CFK) has been extreme since the time when Jan van Riebeeck landed in South Africa in 1652. As much as 31% of the CFK has already been completely transformed, with the major threats being agriculture, alien plants, afforestation and urbanisation. Although urbanisation is responsible for the smallest area of transformation, the ecological consequences … Read More

Bird Island – Lamberts Bay
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Lamberts Bay, along our west coast, is best known for Bird Island and the 10 000 strong population of breeding Cape Gannets. It attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to view and photograph these charismatic seabirds from the carefully designed viewing hide and to also enjoy the magical vibe of a west coast fishing town. Several other seabird … Read More

Water is Life!
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Without water, the human race would not exist and although much of our planet is covered with water, only 1% of it is usable to us, with 97% being salty and the remaining 2% being trapped in the ice caps. Despite this scarcity, we take water for granted, wasting and polluting it while nearly one billion people in the developing … Read More

Eland – The World’s Largest Antelope
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The eland is the world’s largest antelope and gained its name from the Dutch word ‘eland’ which means ‘elk’. It is one of the most adaptable of the antelopes – equally at home in savannah, sub-desert, woodland and mountainous areas up to 4600m.  In the Western Cape, it is able to survive within the low-nutrient fynbos and herds of up … Read More

West Coast National Park and Langebaan Lagoon
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With incredible picturesque landscapes, vast fields of spring flowers and a high level of endemism, the West Coast National Park is a must see destination. As the only non-estuarine tidal lagoon in South Africa, Langebaan Lagoon forms the central core of this 27600-hectare National Park and it protects about 32% of South Africa’s saltmarshes. Hundreds of thousands of Palaearctic migrant … Read More

De Mond Nature Reserve – Home to the Damara Tern
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Managed by CapeNature, the little known De Mond Nature Reserve lies along the southern Cape coastline almost halfway between Arniston and Struisbaai. The Heuningness River that bisects the reserve widens here before entering the sea, forming a tranquil lagoon that is popular with fishermen and birdwatchers and on clear weather days has an almost tropical feel to it that will … Read More

Fire & Fynbos
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Fire season is on hand, as has just been witnessed by the fires that have been raging across the peninsula from Signal Hill through to Fish Hoek. While these fires are devastating and place human life and property at risk, it must be remembered that the Fynbos vegetation needs regular burning for its persistence.   The smoke from these fires … Read More

Jewel of the Fynbos: De Hoop Nature Reserve
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Probably best known for the vast numbers of Southern Right Whales that come to calve and mate within its protected waters De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area is considered one of the flagship nature reserves of CapeNature. From the tops of the expansive white dunes at Koppie Alleen and between the months of April and October, these whales … Read More

Last Remaining Colony of Cape Vultures within the Western Cape
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The only remaining colony of Cape Vultures in the Western Cape is situated in the Potberg Mountain of De Hoop Nature Reserve, where the colony roosts and nests in a deeply incised gorge. They have managed to climb back from an all time low of around 30 birds in the 1970s to between 175 – 200 birds at present. They … Read More

Pollination in the Fynbos
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Insects, birds and mammals are crucial pollinators of fynbos plants! Recent studies have shown that these plants will go to extreme lengths to attract the attention of pollinators and this is particularly apparent amongst the geophytes that bloom just after fire when pollinators are particularly scarce. It has been found that around 430 fynbos plant species are pollinated by birds … Read More

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