JOU PLEK IN DIE KOGELBERG – AN URGENT REQUEST

- Merrilee Berrisford - Tim Attwell Your committee has always felt that it would be very important to publish Tim Attwell’s Your Place in the Kogelberg in Afrikaans. A large part of the population in the area is Afrikaans speaking and as the main object of the book is education, we really should make it available in that language.A year ago we were astonished to hear that member, Louise du Toit, then of Rooi Els, had translated our book into Afrikaans. We were planning to have it translated, so were absolutely delighted that this had…

AGULHAS THANK-YOU GIFT

- Merrilee Berrisford Our expedition to the Agulhas National Park was a great success and to show our appreciation to the staff, especially Emmerentia de Kock, we collected a sum of money for a suitable gift. What seemed most suitable was a collection of children’s books on the environment for the Park’s library; they have various programmes which are offered to local schools on visits to the Park. Ulla von der Heyden made the brilliant suggestion that her daughter-in-law, Prof Sophie von der Heyden of US (she has given a talk to the Branch) be…

BOOKS FOR QHAYIYA SECONDARY SCHOOL, HERMANUS

Merrilee Berrisford Qhayita Secondary School pupils admire the gift books Last year a BotSoc member living in our area, someone who chooses to be anonymous, offered to buy the six books in the Indigenous Knowledge Series by Cambridge University Press for the Kogelberg branch to give to a deserving school. Both Curator, Berenice Carolus, and Eunice Jurgens, Senior Environmental Education Officer at Harold Porter NBG, were unanimous that Qhayiya Secondary School in Zwelihle, Hermanus, was the obvious choice. Recently Eunice was at the school to present the books and this is what she wrote: ‘The…

BOOKS FOR HPNBG

The Kogelberg Botsoc Branch has bought a number of books to give to Harold Porter NBG library using the money raised by Judy New’s “Travels in Peru” last November. On Tuesday 26 April, Judy presented the books to Bernie Carolus at HPNBG. Left to right:  Rose October, Librarian;  Bernie Carolus, Curator;  Judy New, fundraiser, and  Jane Forrester, Interpretive Officer at HPNBG

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…

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…

BOOK REVIEW: OPERATION LOCK AND THE WAR ON RHINO POACHING BY JOHN HANKS

By Philip Fourie Penguin Books, 2015 300 pages R250 As Nicky Oppenheimer says in his foreword, ‘This is a timely book’. Given the worldwide focus on rhino poaching, the vast amounts of money and the numbers of people involved, there is no doubt that this appropriately named book is essential reading. However, there is much more to the book than rhino poaching, as anyone interested in nature conservation in all its aspects will agree. In the opening chapter the author mentions two formative events which took place during his last school year in 1961: he…

YOUR PLACE IN THE KOGELBERG BY TIM ATTWELL

By Merrilee Berrisford Three months after our launch we have sold just over 380 copies (1000 were printed) and donated 105 to worthy causes in our area. When Johan West of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Company read his complimentary copy, he ordered 100 more, of these 20 copies have found their way to the University of Stellenbosch via Dr John Hanks and Professor Michael Samways (both have given talks to our branch). The Cape Peninsula University of Technology has also bought 20 copies for the Conservation students. There have been favourable reviews in publications from…