ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – ‘TRAVELS IN PERU’ BY JUDY NEW

Saturday 3 October, 6 pm in Nivenia Hall, Harold Porter NBG We have travelled with Judy to Papua New Guinea, the Richtersveld, the Central Kalahari and now it is Peru. We know we’ll be on an exciting journey. After the talk there’ll be a finger supper with juice and wines from Leopard’s Leap, taken from the generous donation by Hanneli Rupert for the book launch. There’ll be prizes: Judy is planning a quiz, correct answers will be rewarded with a bottle of wine from Ayama Estate. Keep your tickets for a lucky draw where the…

Upcoming Talks

Saturday, 19 September. ‘Jumping the Garden Fence – dealing with alien plants’. Ulrike Irlich from the Cape Peninsula Early Detection Rapid Response Programme will talk about targeting invasive species. Saturday, 17 October.  Prof Gavin Maneveldt of the University of the Western Cape Marine Biology Department will speak on wildflowers on road verges and urban open spaces. Saturday, 21 November.  Grant Brooker will speak on Eco-pools.

Hermanus Botanical Society Flower Festival 2015

Venue: Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Fir Avenue, Hermanus  34°23’55 S: 19°15’57 E Dates: Thursday 24 September  to  Sunday 27 September Times:  9 am to 5 pm We celebrate our magnificent Floral Heritage with a spectacular array of local flowers with hundreds of specimens individually named. This year’s theme is ‘Fynbos Creatures’. Meet local interest and craft groups who will have plenty of tempting goods for sale, in addition to a number of food stalls. The alpacas will be with us again and snake-handling demonstrations and other activities will keep both children and adults entertained.  Join a…

ROOIELS HACK

Held on the first Saturday of the month, from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Tools and refreshments provided. Contact Anuta Scholtz on anuta@omail.co.za or tel 083 388 8239, or Evette on  tel 028 273 8483.

YOUR ARTICLES AND CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME

The editor reserves the right to edit contributions. Deadline for the next newsletter is Thursday 1 October 2015. Please address all mail to: Kogelberg Branch of the Botanical Society, PO Box 85, Betty’s Bay 7141 E-mail: peterb5424@gmail.com Editor’s  e-mail:  b.attwell@mweb.co.za

BOOK REVIEW: OPERATION LOCK AND THE WAR ON RHINO POACHING BY JOHN HANKS

By Philip Fourie Penguin Books, 2015 300 pages R250 As Nicky Oppenheimer says in his foreword, ‘This is a timely book’. Given the worldwide focus on rhino poaching, the vast amounts of money and the numbers of people involved, there is no doubt that this appropriately named book is essential reading. However, there is much more to the book than rhino poaching, as anyone interested in nature conservation in all its aspects will agree. In the opening chapter the author mentions two formative events which took place during his last school year in 1961: he…

THE HANGKLIP ECO CORRIDOR – THE UNTOLD STORY

Story told by Allan Heydorn In the book Your Place in the Kogelberg it is stated that the land comprising the Hangklip Ecological Corridor between Betty’s Bay and Pringle Bay is owned by WESSA. In fact, this corridor was established over a 12 year period between 1998 and 2010 through a wonderful collaborative effort between the Kogelberg Branch of the BotSoc, WWF-SA, Cape Nature, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, conservation conscious individuals and the private sector. As will be shown below, the land is actually owned by WWF-SA, who facilitated the land purchases involved. Had this…

HAROLD PORTER GARDEN LIBRARY

The Harold Porter Garden staff have asked us for flower guides and other natural history books for their library. If you have books that you would like to donate to the library, please take them to the Harold Porter office.