Hacking Team at Zandvlei Nature Reserve – August 2012.

This is a working relationship with the City of Cape Town and the Zandvlei Trust.

Today was a very cold and wet day, 12 degrees day time high, earlier with hail coming down in a passing shower. A “weather window” allowed Sue, Bert, Barry to finish the worst of the hardy invasives. We pulled Wild Mustard, Milkweed mainly and finished off the last large Rooikrans bush. Wild Mustard, a recent invasive on the Cape Flats.

The birds present were Southern double collared Sunbirds, Levaillants Cisticola, Karoo Prinia, Cape Bulbuls, Cape Sparrow, Common Starling, Speckled Pigeon, Feral Pigeon, Kelp Gull, Hartlaubs Gull, Pied Crow, Redwing Starling.
We found 2 male Cape Dwarf Chameleons one on the northeast boundary the other on the southeast boundary, possibly 2 – 3 year olds. The spring flowers will be spectacular in 2 weeks time. Checked for regrowth of the hardy invasives in the areas where the thick growth generally occurred 4 years ago, there is no sign of seedlings or copsing. The indigenous species are starting to thrive.
So well done to all the people who helped do the initial clearing, for all those months. The evidence is there to be seen.

The Tortoise Berry shrubs are in full bloom. Arum Lilies in flowering profusion and were not evident last month. The Arum Lily flower organic shape is appealing. The white daisies are opening.  The veldkos stems are edible. The stands of Chasmanthe are  in flower and some with seed pods are developing.
We can go back to Old Boyes Drive next month.

The photo of the white daisies in bloom was taken on 27/08/2012. The area in which they are flowering was covered in invasives 2 years ago with not a daisy in sight.

A very satisfying sight, thanks to everyone of the volunteers for the hard work which made this possible.



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