FUTURE EVENTS

TALKS PLANNED FOR 2018:  20 JANUARY 2018: Rod & Rachel Saunders will be speaking on Gladioli. They are currently writing a book about the genus and are keen to share their knowledge after an informative trip to the Drakensberg studying the list of SA Gladioli. Join us at Nivenia Hall, Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay on 20 January at 6 pm.WALKS PLANNED FOR 2018 The January walk will be advertised in New Year so keep an eye out. If you miss it, as usual, we will meet at the Harold Porter National…

FUTURE EVENTS

TALKS PLANNED FOR 2017: NOVEMBER 2017 TALK Dr Roger Parsons is a Geohydrologist who runs his own consulting company Parsons & Associates out of Pringle Bay, specialising in all groundwater aspects from exploration, assessment, contamination and monitoring amongst other related topics. His most recent talk on radio 567 with Pippa Hudson was -  understanding the possibility of solving some of the water shortages in drought stricken Cape Town with groundwater. He heads up the Western Cape Groundwater division of the SA Geologists Association. He chaired and organised the GWD2017 conference, which is a biennial international…

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

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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, intrepid explorers. DATE: SATURDAY 29TH JULY 6pm VENUE: NIVENIA HALL, HAROLD PORTER NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS TICKETS: R100  which…

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…

WALKS PLANNED FOR 2016

February - Explore the Hangklip Ecological Corridor and hear its story with Allan Heydor Saturday 20 February Meet at the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens at 09h00. Explore breathtaking views and outstanding natural beauty in the Hangklip Ecological Corridor. Hear its rich human story from Allan Heydorn, the role of the WWF-SA, the vision and generosity of the donors who made it possible, the dreams and sorrows that make this area special and visit the memorials that quietly commemorate their vision. To join this February walk in the mountains between Betty’s Bay and Pringle Bay,…

UPCOMING EVENTS

Talks planned for 2016 17 January: Richard Starke will speak on his Scientific American cruise round Iceland and Norway. The photography will be superb. At 18h00 at Nivenia Hall, HPBG. 20 February: Sean Privett of Fynbos Trails will speak on the ecology of the Swartkrans Forest which is on the trail and is inland from Gansbaai. At 18h00 at Nivenia Hall, HPBG. 19 March: Keir Lynch of the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust will speak about Renosterveld and the work of the Trust. Harold Porter now has a Renosterveld garden. At 18h00 - Venue to be…

UPCOMING EVENTS

Invitation to Stakeholders - New Zealand Christmas Tree SANBI hereby invites stakeholders to attend an information-sharing session and mini-workshop. We wish to create an opportunity for those interested to share their views and for us to develop objectives for a management plan for New Zealand Christmas Tree (Metrosideros excelsa), an invasive species in Betty’s Bay and the Overstrand. Date: Friday, 11 December 2015 Venue: Nivenia Hall, Harold Porter Gardens. Betty’s Bay Time: 10:30 (tea); Meeting 11:00 – 13:00 Lunch: A light lunch will be served at 13:00 Metrosideros excelsa was introduced to Betty’s Bay in the 1960s and…