THE WEDNESDAY HACK

More work was done at the R44 site just outside Betty’s Bay. It is now very clear that the group is winning that one. Several people commented on the progress, so it is obvious to all that we are making an impact on the environment. Work also commenced on the pine infestation on the slopes between Pringle Bay and Rooiels. Please join our Facebook group, ‘Hackers of the Kogelberg’ to view more photos and keep up with Hack events

JOIN US AT THE RETREAT AT GROENFONTEIN

- Merrilee Berrisford  I was in  the Klein Karoo last week, and stayed at The Retreat at Groenfontein in the foothills of the Swartberg. Last spring I was there, mostly on hands and knees looking at flowers, I felt it would be a good place for a Kogelberg Branch stay. There are two possible plant people who could guide us. As John Rourke says, it is not a really botanically rich spot but it is Klein Karoo, different. There are special places on the way where we may meet to botanise. Rates are very reasonable with deductions…

WALKS PLANNED FOR 2017

Saturday 15 July 2017: Botanical Ramble above Fairy Glen No, we won’t be scaling the heights of the plateau and the shale band on the slopes of the Three Sisters peaks. We’ll stay a little lower, check out the waterfalls and streams and the fynbos that is coming into late winter bloom. Beautiful views, discoveries and a good place to stop for refreshments. Maximum benefit for minimum strain. Meet at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens at 09h00. We’ll be back by 12h00. Enquiries: Tim Attwell 082 343 2501 Barbara Jenman 082 338 4109

TALKS PLANNED FOR 2017

Saturday 15 July (AGM): At our 2017 AGM meeting, Tim Attwell will speak on “Finding NEMBA: Adventure into Community Conservation”. At 18h00 – Nivenia Hall, HPBG. The talk will introduce people to aspects of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) of 2004, the NEMBA Regulations of 2014 and current efforts by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to encourage and enable partnerships between organs of State, civil society organisations, business and private citizens in giving effect to the provisions of NEMBA and the NEMBA regulations. Items discussed will include: Reducing fire risk Saving water…

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER 29 JULY 2017 A SLICE OF ICE – ADVENTURES IN ANTARCTICA

Betty’s Bay’s Judy New is a great traveller. She is also a great presenter of those travels. Over the years we have enjoyed her journeys to Papua New Guinea, the Richtersveld, Central Kalahari, Peru - and now the destination is Antarctica! Judy and cousin, Sue Goodman, a photographer, went on a voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands; together they will convey to us the excitement of icebergs, penguins, elephant seals, high snowy peaks, and intrepid explorers. Date:      Saturday, 29 July 2017 Time:     18:00 Venue:   Nivenia Hall, Harold Porter Gardens Tickets:…

WALK REPORT

Beach GeoHike with Dr John Rogers - Merrilee Berrisford Icy wind blew along Silversands Beach, chilling to the bone assorted naturalists, amateur geologists and just beach people following John the geologist. Anyone know how to recognise a yardang? It’s a coppice dune eroded (deflated in geology speak), and there they were! Barbara Jenman and I thought we’d never noticed them before. Were they the work of the storm? And a coppice dune is a small dune on its own, with grass growing on the top. Then there was the elaborate wind-etching on the side of…

TALK REPORT

- Rea Borcherds Geological adventures in the Fairest Cape – Unlocking the secrets of its scenery A talk by Dr John Rogers, Saturday 17 June 2017 A visit by Dr John Rogers to talk at our monthly Branch meeting always arouses interest and attracts members from afar. It did so in June when members braved a chilly evening to hear him give a talk based on his book, soon to be published, entitled Geological adventures in the Fairest Cape – Unlocking the secrets of its scenery. As the title suggests, his aim is to get…

PRINGLE BAY HACK REPORT N0 125

- Chris Geldenhuys, Convenor After the storm in early June (the 6th and 7th), the general opinion was that Pringle Bay would not be the same again: the sea level was the highest in the last 30 years, resulting in kelp washing up into Ann Road and a great deal of sand disappearing from the Pringle Bay beach. Once we had gathered our wits again, we came to realise that our “enemy” - invasive vegetation - was still with us. So the Pringle Bay Hack Group gathered at Droster's Centre on a crisp winter’s morning…