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For twenty years I have been stomping around the foothills around my farm in the western Overberg looking at flowers. Throughout this time I have continuously being astounded by one thing……..DIVERSITY. The more you look, the more you see. And the more you … Continue reading

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A sweet red surprise – Tritoniopsis triticea and the Grootbos plant survey

We have been identifying the plant species on Grootbos Nature Reserve since the beginning of 1997. Initially I thought the plant survey would take a year or two to complete. How wrong I was! Original estimates from diversity models (based … Continue reading

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Flower Valley blooming

A few weeks ago a small controlled fire on Flower Valley ( jumped a fire break and spread up the southern slopes of Grootberg. Fortunately with the aid of two helicopters (and some timeous light rain that started falling in the … Continue reading

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Pincushion proteas that rely on rodents for pollination

While the fields of the large, showy pincushions such as the silver-edge pincushions tend to steal the show at this time of the year, there is a group of other, less obvious pincushion proteas that are also flowering – but … Continue reading

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Helicopters or jobs?

It was once again fire time in the Overberg last week with a big burn in the Kogelberg and a flames licking on the edge of Gansbaai and Dekelders. The Gansbaai fire burnt in dense rooikrantz (Acacia cyclops) threatening the village … Continue reading

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The conservation predicament

I have just had an interesting week on the farm that has really tested my conservationist heart! I bought Witkrans farm a few years ago primarily because of my love for nature and the fynbos in particular. Witkrans is situated … Continue reading

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