CONGRATULATIONS!

One of our Botsoc members, Margaret de Villiers of Hermanus, has just won a Gold Medal at the Royal Horticultural Show in London for her illustrations of Ericas. It is the second time she has won Gold at this prestigious gathering; the first time she also won Best of the Show. Congratulations Margaret!
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FEBRUARY WALK

Hangklip Ecological Corridor with Allan Heydorn: Saturday 20 February Tim Attwell Conserved by vision, determination and generosity; hallowed by tragedy, tender memory and deep love for the vulnerable splendour of the natural environment, the Hangklip Ecological Corridor, or Hangklip Nature Reserve, is the most recent addition to the core zone of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. The weather forecast had been gloomy, but the clouds made for perfect walking conditions as eleven Botsoc walkers set off on the trail from Clarence Drive, a stone’s throw from the entrance to Pringle Bay, into the pristine fynbos of…
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FEBRUARY TALK

Andrea Benn On Saturday 20 February, Sean Privett of Fynbos Trails gave a talk on ‘Forests in the fynbos, the southernmost Forests in Africa’. Sean Privett is a passionate naturalist with a wealth of information about the unique pockets of forests among the fynbos. These are found between Danger Point and Stanford. On a world scale they are tiny, but big in the fynbos. The fynbos around these forests is itself special with several endemic species including four limestone aloes. In 1938 the first aerial photography was done. The most recent in 2014 showed a…
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BOTSOC COMMITTEE NEWS

Merrilee Berrisford Committee members Charlotte Rademeyer has been on the branch committee since October 2014 and has made a very real contribution to Kogelberg Branch. She was a very competent editor-in-chief of the newsletter for nearly a year, introducing photographs adding interest and colour. Charlotte also produced the first poster – ‘Bad Plant, Good Plant’ - featuring the dreaded New Zealand Christmas tree and giving suitable alternatives. This was the start of a campaign we had been planning for a long time. A busy and unpredictable work situation has meant that Charlotte has had to…
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A POSTER COMPILED BY MY FATHER, THE LATE PROF. ALLAN F P J HEYDORN, FOR AN EXHIBITION BY THE BETTY’S BAY WILDFLOWER SOCIETY IN ± 1970

Alan Heydorn (This text was prepared by Allan Heydorn at the suggestion of the Kogelberg Branch of the Botanical Society of SA, February 2016) The comments below are written from memory and the date ± 1970 might not be absolutely accurate. What is correct is that my father, who was an electrical engineer by profession, was a great nature lover with a very special interest in plants and their distribution in relation to habitat type. Where did this interest originate? In the early years of his professional life, my father worked for the electrical engineering…
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SYZYGIUM

Ed Silberbauer There exists a confusion as to what Syzygium is, and which and what species to avoid planting in your garden in and around Betty's Bay.  If you study the following sources and list of syzygiums, you may be forgiven if you become more confused. Source Botanical name Common name National List of Introduced Trees, F von Breitenbach Syzygium cumini Java Plum  x783 Syzygium paniculatum(= Eugenia paniculata) Water Pear  x784 SA Book of Trees, Prof Wicht (pg 229) Syzygium cordatum     (=Eugenia cordata) Water Berry Problem Plants and Alien Weeds of SA, Clive Bromilow (pg…
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GOOD NEWS FROM HAROLD PORTER!

Bridges in Disa Kloof undergo repairs at last After a very lengthy and frustrating wait, the bridges which were damaged by the massive floods in November 2013, are finally being repaired.  We are delighted and relieved to be able to announce that repairs started on Monday 18 January 2016 and should be completed in June of this year. The long wait was caused by having to comply with the many regulations demanded by the Department of Environmental Affairs, which included a Botanical Survey, an Environmental Impact Assessment and a Hydrology Study, all of which had…
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WALKS PLANNED FOR 2016

March - Coastal splendour around Grootbaai (aka Moonlight Bay), Maasbaai and Hangklip lighthouse Saturday, 19 March 2016 Meet at the Drosters Centre in Pringle Bay at 09h00. Coastal paths, with little or no steep terrain, take us through three veld types and richly varied vegetation. This is one of the few areas where Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos, usually found high on mountain slopes, sweeps down to sea level. Overberg Dune Strandveld showcases a startling variety of small trees and shrubs and Cape Seashore Vegetation boasts its resilient succulent plant communities. We’ll be especially looking for the…
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TALKS PLANNED FOR 2016

Saturday 19 March: Keir Lynch of the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust will speak on ‘Watercourse Restoration: Its role in landscape conservation in the critically endangered Rûens Wheatbelt’. Keir is Project Manager on the Water Restoration Project of the Overberg Lowland Conservation Trust; he has worked at CapeNature and also in wildlife management at various private game reserves.  At 18h00 – Pringle Bay Community Hall. Saturday 16 April: Eugene Marinus, Curator of the Hantam National Botanical Garden, will speak about the Hantam Garden. At 18h00 – Nivenia Hall, HPBG.
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