Orchid Hunting at Barrydale – Day Two

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Our day started with a visit to the Barrydale Information Centre, where we hoped to get directions to a nature reserve in the area.  There wasn’t one there, but the very helpful lady in the office…

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Orchid Hunting at Barrydale – Day one

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We set off with friends on Monday, full of enthusiasm for our trip to Barrydale, where we hoped to get access to the recently burnt sections of the Tradouw Pass in order to seek new orchids. …

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Kogelberg to Harold Porter Walk

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Our walk this morning from Kogelberg offices to Harold Porter was attended by 11 members.  We had very good walking weather and, as usual, the Kogelberg did not disappoint!  The fynbos was absolutely splendid with an…

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Please Prevent Fernkloof being turned into a Theme Park!


Many readers are no doubt aware of the current proposals for the so-called upgrades to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve (FNR).  These can be viewed at the following website:  https://www.overstrand.gov.za/en/documents/strategic-documents/management-plans/4727-integrated-management-plan-for-the-fernkloof-nature-reserve-hermanus

The public is urged to lodge objections, as this development is likely to cause huge damage to the FNR.  These can be sent to ldevilliers@overstrand.gov.za

My own response (which has been registered) was;

As a member of the Hermanus Botanical Society and a keen walker, amateur botanist, photographer and birder, I wish to state my strong objection to the plans presented for the further development of Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

This reserve is world-renowned for its dedication to preserving the integrity of our natural heritage and serves as a window into the fascinating flora and fauna of the region.  All it requires in terms of future development is the retention and upkeep of its wonderful network of paths, which allow the public…

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An Interesting Moraea

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When I saw a small yellow Moraea on the plot nearby and wrote about it in my blog ‘An Empty Plot’ I had trouble identifying it and eventually settled on M neglecta, knowing that the latter…

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Kanonkop after the Rain

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What weather!  Monday was a real summer day and hot as could be.  Today, however, loomed cold and windy, as we had a cold front passing through last night and it brought some very welcome rain. …

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An Empty Plot?

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There is an empty plot measuring only around 400 square metres close to our house in Prestwick Village, Hermanus.  At first glance one might think that it does not deserve a second glance, however, this morning…

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