CHANGE OF ADDRESS or MEMBERSHIP STATUS

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MARCH TALK

Andrea Benn Keir Lynch - The Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust Watercourse Restoration Project Another unique area was described in this talk by Keir Lynch. Once again we were made aware of how important good stewardship is for these areas of global interest. Keir and Eloise have been involved in Conservation Management as game rangers in Klaserie, Phinda, Sanbona and Shamwari. It was David Attenborough programs that opened a new world for Keir. The question that became his passion was, are we able to protect what David Attenborough speaks about?  In the Western Cape there are…

SUCCEEDGROUP AND KOGELBERG BRANCH

Merrilee Berrisford SucceedGroup senior consultant, Emmerentia Fick, held a meeting with three branch committee members at the new offices in Somerset West at the end of March. Emmerentia had sent us a comprehensive Action Plan detailing what SG would like to do for us (in addition to designing and sending out the newsletter and designing publicity material). The meeting was to take us through the plans showing how the branch can be brought into the digital age to more effectively promote our message: “Committed to the Conservation of a Unique Wildflower Heritage”. Barbara Attwell, newsletter…

ROOI ELS HACK

Held on the first Saturday of the month, from 08:30 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 REPORT

Chris Geldenhuys, Convenor The Pringle Bay Hack for 27 March didn’t materialise, firstly due to the clash with Easter Sunday and secondly because it was raining cats and dogs that day! Our next hack is scheduled for 24 April. As usual we will meet on the pavement opposite Drosters Centre, in Central Avenue, Pringle Bay, at 08:30 where after we will proceed to the hack site. The hack ends 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…

BATTLE OF BETTY’S BAY: REPORT ON HACK NO 633

Frik Potgieter On a beautiful day a small but enthusiastic group of hackers got stuck into the Rooikrans on the piece of open land bordering Porter Drive south of the Centre Shop. Great work, but we will have to come back some time in the future to finish off. With neither Di Knott or Christine Dreyer available, Merran Silberbauer roped in willing sandwich maker, Hilary Butler from British Columbia, Canada. They made the sandwiches and tea for the hackers: Frik Potgieter, Hilary and Maarten Mauve, John Whitehead, Rosemary Fowkes, Jan and Betsey Joubert, Sue Fielden…

WHO REALLY BENEFITS FROM FEEDING GARDEN BIRDS? (Part 1 of 3)

Charles and Julia Botha Charles and Julia Botha are the authors of Bring Nature Back to your Garden and Bring Butterflies Back to your Garden. Both their books have won book prizes from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. With their kind permission, we reproduce an article written and adapted by them for Environment from one by the same authors entitled Food for thought; who benefits from feeding birds? Africa Birds & Birding, 2009, 14 (3) 36-41. The article will appear in our Newsletter in three parts. Here is the first. Most people derive immense pleasure from…

MARCH WALK

Botsoc Kogelberg Walk Report: 19 March 2016 Tim Attwell The village of Pringle Bay was anything but sleepy on the morning of 19 March. The hugely popular and well organised annual Village Festival made assembling the eager Botanical Society walkers among the crowds of festival goers tricky to say the least. Not to be deterred, sixteen members found each other at the Drosters Centre and drove in convoy to the start of an exploration of the much less populated and splendid coastal path beginning at Moonlight Bay (aka Grootbaai), circling round to Cape Hangklip with…