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Fire Diary – Week 3 (21 February)

Three weeks after the fire and despite no rain there is lots of growth amongst the resprouters. Relatively few fynbos species are resprouters, regenerating by sprouting from their burnt out stumps after fire. The vast majority of fynbos plants are … Continue reading






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Fire Diary – Week 2 after the fire

In the second week after the fire grasses and restios are already shooting and a number of spectacular flowers make their appearance in the landscape. Shoots appear from the burnt out bases of the large thatching reed Thamnochortus erectus. The … Continue reading






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Fire Diary – week 1 after fire

One week after the fire and some forty thousand hectares looked like this – a charred, desolate wasteland. Yet already the process of regeneration was well underway. Far from destruction, what we were about to witness was amazing regeneration and … Continue reading






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Fynbos Fire Diary – the day after the fire

When the smoke cleared the entire Grootbos Reserve, with the exception of a few forest patches, had gone up in smoke. What remained was a smouldering, desolate landscape. The Forest Lodge as well as three of the luxury free standing … Continue reading






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Fynbos and fire

Fynbos is a fire-adapted vegetation that requires regular burning for its persistence. In the absence of fire, fynbos is gradually replaced by thicket species. It thrives on infertile soils and fire is the mechanism that recycles precious nutrients from old … Continue reading






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