Category Archives: Conservation

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Fynbos Forum Workshops feature in latest South African Journal of Science

Dear All We are pleased to announce that the meeting report for the Proteaceae workshop held at the Fynbos Forum in Cape St Francis earlier this year has now been published.  It is open access, and can be downloaded free … Continue reading






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Upcoming bioblitzes – Romansrivier and Rondevlei

Hi All Upcoming bioblitzes – Romansrivier and Rondevlei               We have exciting trips lined up for the next couple of weekends. This Sunday we will be exploring the farm Romansrivier, which is a well-known … Continue reading






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Do you know anyone who might want to buy the naming rights to a beautiful new species of South African iris?

I  recently become a Trustee of the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust – a new conservation trust set up in the Overberg and focused on the conservation of renosterveld and threatened lowland fynbos in the region. This South African charity is … Continue reading






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Flower Valley blooming

A few weeks ago a small controlled fire on Flower Valley (www.flowervalley.org.za) 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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Diosma demissa – a species threatened!

Diosma demissa is a rare fynbos member of the Rutaceae (citrus) family that has a very interesting distribution. It grows only on coastal limestone ridges with two populations; one on the coast near Gansbaai and the second some 90km away across the South Atlantic on a short … Continue reading






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Please not Bantamsklip

A recent article in the Botanical Societies Veld and Flora magazine written by Dave and Sue Whitelaw outlines the considerable threat posed by the proposed nuclear power station at Bantamsklip in the southern Overberg.  To read the full article click … Continue reading






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So where do your chips come from?

A few weeks ago I was fortunate to spend a couple of days on a search and rescue project transplanting rare plants from quarry sites and along the road verges between Paleisheuwel and Graafwater up the West Coast. This area … Continue reading






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Fynbos extinctions

I was recently asked the question: How many plants have gone extinct in the fynbos? As I did not have the answer, I had a look at SANBI’s threatened species program on their website .  While there is no extinction data available … Continue reading






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What is renosterveld?

Renosterveld derives its name from the renosterbos, a member of the daisy family which is the most characteristic species found in this vegetation type.  Renoster is afrikaans for rhinoceris and the name renosterbos was probably originally associated with the plant … Continue reading






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What is fynbos?

Fynbos is the name given to the hard leaved (sclerophyllous) shrublands and heathlands found in the coastal plains and mountains of the south western and southern Cape of South Africa.The name is derived from the Dutch word fijnbosch meaning fine leafed … Continue reading






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