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The editor reserves the right to edit contributions. Deadline for the next newsletter is Monday 4 January 2016. 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

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BETTY’S BRAND!

Anli Theron Met die brandseisoen op hande gaan ons gedagtes terug na die verwoestende brand in Bettysbaai in Maart vanjaar. Ter herinnering daaraan publiseer ons hiermee deel een van Anli Theron se vertelling wat in drie aflewerings sal verskyn. Fynbos brand. Dit brand flippin maklik en sonder veel omhaal. Die ou Portugese Seevaarders het van die Kaap gepraat as ‘die mooiste Kaap waar die berge brand’. Die ongelooflike blomspesiediversiteit is volkome afhanklik van die veld wat van tyd tot tyd brand en die meeste fynbos verkies brandtussenposes van sewe tot vyftien jaar. Die gewone proteas…

THE HANGKLIP ECOLOGICAL CORRIDOR: MORE OF THE STORY

Allan Heydorn In the September issue of the Newsletter, we published an article titled “The Hangklip Ecological Corridor – The untold story”. In that article, mention is made of Simon Marais who very generously donated the substantial funds which enabled WWF-SA to purchase the eastern flank of Hangklip Mountain and also the smallholding in the valley at its foot. The last paragraph of the article tells of Simon's sad and unexpected passing and the intention to erect a memorial plaque for him. This promise has now been fulfilled. On 19 November, Dr Andrew Baxter of…

AN IDEAL CHRISTMAS GIFT

Your Place in the Kogelberg by Tim Attwell is more than a book about gardening. Filled with interesting facts and useful information about the natural environment in the Hangklip to Kleinmond area, the book entertains as much as it informs. Readers are introduced to the animal life and the seven different vegetation types of the southern coastal transition zone of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, each one different from the others. They will find out the many ways gardens can be both part of the natural landscape and provide beauty, recreational space and endless delight. The…

UPCOMING EVENTS

Invitation to Stakeholders - New Zealand Christmas Tree SANBI hereby invites stakeholders to attend an information-sharing session and mini-workshop. We wish to create an opportunity for those interested to share their views and for us to develop objectives for a management plan for New Zealand Christmas Tree (Metrosideros excelsa), an invasive species in Betty’s Bay and the Overstrand. Date: Friday, 11 December 2015 Venue: Nivenia Hall, Harold Porter Gardens. Betty’s Bay Time: 10:30 (tea); Meeting 11:00 – 13:00 Lunch: A light lunch will be served at 13:00 Metrosideros excelsa was introduced to Betty’s Bay in the 1960s and…

ROOI ELS HACK

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

PRINGLE BAY HACK N0 109

Chris Geldenhuys, Convenor The Pringle Bay Hack Group convened on 29 November 2015 and, while facing a pumping southeasterly wind, performed a very productive hack in Gully and Boundary Roads of Pringle Bay. The major challenge was the Rooikrantz bushes. This time the swarm of bees was no threat and the hack progressed extremely well. This was the last hack for 2015 and we will proceed again in January 2016. The following hackers performed the hack: John Whitehead, Edward Silberbauer, Frik Potgieter, Sue Folb, Tom Dreyer, Andy James, Karen and Louw Toerien, Mike Begley, Hillary…