SPRING FUN WITH FLOWERS AND FROGS

September is spring and along with that comes an explosion of colour, life and flowers! False Bay Nature Reserve hosted its third annual Spring Walk in the Pelican Park Section of the reserve. The walk, which was aimed specifically at the Pelican Heights residents, included a guided 4 km hike through the dunes of the reserve which boasted wonderful spring flowers. The walk was guided by False Bay Nature reserve student Tayla Hadwen, and was aimed at teaching the participants about the Endangered Cape Flats Dune Strandveld vegetation, and specifically the adaptations of plant species in this system. Threats to the reserve and vegetation were also highlighted. Overall 25 residents participated and fun was had by all.

The team at the Milnerton Racecourse Conservation Area hosted a total of 5 spring walks – involving 110 people! An additional walk has been organised for 8 October, which is already fully booked. Along with the huge variety of flowers and birds, a definite highlight was watching a Black-headed heron eating a Rhombic skaapster… in only 2 gulps! Other sightings included an adult Mole snake, Cape grysbok as well as a juvenile Mole snake. Guests were also fortunate to see numerous bird nests, ducks with ducklings as well as several red list plant species.

The team at the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area hosted the Spring Walk organized by The Friends of KRCA and Ismail Wambi and Daniel Clarke successfully lead 2 frog walks with members of the public and two more frog walks with scout groups from the Claremont. Frogging evenings were also hosted in Soralia Village, part of the Muizenberg East Biodiversity Cluster. These evenings were highly successful with lots of excitement while teams went in search of the various amphibians that call Soralia their home.

Our conservation teams love hosting fun events such as these and it is always encouraging to see the enthusiasm and interest that the locals show for our conservation areas.