Anyone interested in learning a LOT about fynbos and having a great time doing it then contact Eugene Moll at emoll@telkomsa.net . Prof. Moll’s Bot 3c field courses were legendary in the UCT Botany Department.


I have been toying with the idea of running a five day short course (that I may “get on the books at UWC” – so it could be for some credits in 2013/2014 for anyone interested) in fynbos vegetation ecology and sampling. This would be partly based on the successful Botany 3c and later BOT305F field courses I ran from 1982 to 1992 at Bains Kloof (though the first one was at Cape Point in the old Skaife house at Olifantsbos).  For those more seriously interested it may be that you will have to write and essay or two and do a mini project if this is for university credit – time alone will tell on that one. Otherwise the course will be for fun and information.

 My vision at the moment is to have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 participants with the first day in Afromontane Forest on the Peninsula on the Monday (bring your own lunch), followed by looking at Strandveld (now some form of “Subtropical Thicket”) near Melkbosch from 08h00 on Tuesday (again bring your own lunch), and then going to the Renosterveld at the geometric tortoise reserve – with that night and the following nights at Bains Kloof (4 nights). Here accommodation can be “Spartan” (and therefore cheaper in Stone Mansion – the UCT house) or in some of the village units. On Wednesday we would go to the Desert Botanic Gardens at Worcester to investigate the Succulent Karoo, and on Thursday look at some of the Mountain Fynbos communities round Bain Kloof at Eerstetol. Evenings would be for some analysis and post mortems.

 Transport would be in your own vehicle (or sharing with others doing the course). For food I propose doing much what we did in the past with breakfast cereals and toast; lunch bread, cheese and tomato; and supper a stew/braai and Friday night bash when I will cook legs of lamb in coke outside in my large 3-legged pot (and partners – with some consideration of cost) would be welcome to join us for the last night’s “festivities”.

 Course content would be aimed at collecting some plot data on species area, vegetation structure and floristics, life forms and regeneration strategies that relate to species survival, and anything else that we may wish to do (within reason). The eventual aim is to consider how the five major vegetation types in the Fynbos Biome relate to each other floristically and structurally/functionally by crudely analysing the data we gather – and to a good time while doing all of this. For those seriously interested in fynbos sensu lato I can provide a reading list, etc. So you can either participate because you want to simply be better informed, or because you are seriously interested in all this floristic/ecological and therefore management stuff.

 I am looking at doing the first course in August 2012.

 Finally costs would need to be MUCH more carefully calculated but for the “Spartan” version it would be in the order of R1,000/p and for the “luxury”  version ~R1,600/p (partners would be in the order of R100 for Spartan and more for luxury – including a roast dinner on Friday evening and breakfast).

 Any comments and expressions of interest to me please…


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  1. Hi!

    I would love to attend this course. This is just the type of course I’ve been looking for. Please contact me should this course go ahead.

    Many thanks!

  2. SeanP says:

    thanks Winston, I will pass on your interest to Eugene Moll who will be running the course.

  3. Gina Brown says:

    I am very interested in doing this course, I am a complete novice as I live in the Natal midlands but have always loved the fynbos when visiting the Cape.
    Please do let me know if you hold the course.

  4. SeanP says:

    thanks Gina, will pass on your interest to Eugene moll, who is arranging the course. regards Sean

  5. Janet Cronje says:

    i’d definitely be interested in the course. Pls keep me on the list of interested people.

  6. SeanP says:

    can you please contact prof Moll directly to tell him of your interest – he can be contacted at Eugene Moll Thanks Sean

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