Category Archives: Working with fynbos

Stewardship job opportunity with Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism

The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency is advertising for a Stewardship Ecologist – take a look stewardship-ecologist for more info.






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Waverley Hills First Annual Plant Fair

1st ANNUAL INDIGENOUS PLANT FAIR BWI Waverley Hills is planning a unique Fynbos/Indigenous Plant Fair on their property in September. They are providing an opportunity for any local suppliers of fynbos or indigenous plants, suppliers of garden equipment and garden craft to showcase their products … Continue reading






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Thatching with restios

A few weeks back a troop of baboons spent the day on my farm feasting on grapes and sliding down my thatched roof. The result was an awful mess, dirty paw prints all over the walls, gutters hanging from their … Continue reading






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Restios of the Fynbos – Els Dorrat-Haaksma & Peter Linder

Without doubt one of the trickiest groups of plants to identify in the fynbos are the restios. They often dominate the Cape Flora over large areas and while any of the other fynbos groups can be absent from a particular … 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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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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Lomond – a place of refuge for the rare Erica axilliflora

While paddling my canoe on Kraaibosch dam in the Uilkraals Valley near Gansbaai last week, I noticed a bright splash of pink on the bank of the dam that I had never seen before. Being an inquisitive botanist I swung over to the bank and found the source of the pink splash to be this beautiful heather, Erica axillifora. Not only had I never seen it before, but it was also the first time that this species has been recorded in the area.






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Sharks, tortoises and nasty tractors

On the weekend I took my family for a drive down to the Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai. Every day hundreds of tourists from all over the world drive down this road to go White shark diving. It has always been … Continue reading






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What’s flowering – Gladiolus maculatus

Gladiolus maculatus (the brown Afrikaner) grows on clay slopes, mainly in renosterveld from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape. As I had never seen it previously in the Walker Bay region and it is generally restricted to richer clay … Continue reading






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