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The editor reserves the right to edit contributions. Deadline for the next newsletter is Tuesday 19 April 2016. (Please note the new Newsletter schedule – we need articles in the third week of each month for the following month’s newsletter.) 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

 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  Bettysbaaiveldbrand 2 – Johan se storie Meer as Johan se kriptiese kommentaar van die ‘tuin het beter dae geken’ kon ek nie uit hom kry nie. Hy bevestig net die brand is uiteindelik later die oggend vasgekeer en alles is onder beheer. Intussen was dit duidelik dat ons net ‘n klein deel van die tragedie was. Teen Maandag kon ek daar uit die noorde op Faceboek sien dat…

DECEMBER 2015 TALK

The Life and Times of Dinosaurs: Presented by Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, Paleobiologist: Dept. of Natural Science, UCT: 12 December 2015 Lewis Silberbauer Anusuya, Zoololgist/Paleobiologist, internationally recognised scientist, was warmly welcomed and introduced by Chairperson Merrilee Berrisford. Anusuya said she was very concerned that so few children knew anything about dinosaurs and this had inspired her to write two illustrated books for children - Famous Dinosaurs of Africa and Fossils for Africa. Many of the fascinating slides and fossils shown, as well as the interesting descriptions of site diggings etc. presented during Anusuya’s excellent talk, are…

NEW ZEALAND CHRISTMAS TREES

Ed Silberbauer Betty's Bay, as everyone knows has the privilege of lying in the richest floral area in the world. So why do we mess it up? We have here a wide variety of alien invasive plants of all shapes and sizes, some more awful than others. Of all the 'awfuls' the New Zealand Christmas tree tops the list. This tree was introduced to Betty's Bay in the 1950s and became a great favourite in Sunny Seas as it withstands salt air and strong winds and provides a magnificent floral display at Christmas time. By…

PRINGLE BAY HACK N0 109

Chris Geldenhuys, Convenor The next monthly hack will be on Sunday 31st January 2016. As usual we will meet on the pavement opposite Drosters Centre, in Central Avenue, Pringle Bay, at 08:30 whereafter we will proceed to the hack site. The hack finishes at 11:30. Everyone who would like to help rid Pringle Bay of alien vegetation will be welcome.  Hacking tools are provided. Contact Chris on 028 273 8588, or just turn up at the meeting point. 

THE BATTLE OF BETTY’S BAY – REPORT ON ROUND 633

Ed Silberbauer Next Hack no 634: Same venue - open ground opposite the Centre Shop parking area at 9am on Sunday 7 February 2016. A calm clear day, but so hot that most people spent the morning in the sea water – and who could blame them? The faithful and dedicated worked their way through a forest of rooikrans on either side of the 'public open space'. We were last there some four years ago and at this hack found no coppiced stumps which illustrates once again the expertise with which the hack group operates.…

KOGELBERG BOTSOC CELEBRATES THIRTY YEARS AS A BRANCH

Merran Silberbauer One can plan everything except the weather - and Saturday 12 December dawned damp, but by 11 am the sun was shining intermittently and those who dared packed up their picnic baskets and headed for Die Stroompie, a privately owned nature reserve which, at this time of year, is covered in colourful Leucospermum cornocarpodendron. We arrived at the milkwood trees that border the pebbly cove to find the poachers had been there before us. Plastic bags and empty bottles were strewn around - the black bags were found to contain unshucked perlemoen -…