Hacking Team at Zandvlei Nature Reserve – February 2013.

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

Weather wise an unusual day for February. The steady rain with a grey gloomy light continued with no wind, while we worked. It was not cold, but pleasant, after the very hot days we have had in the last month. This helping rain will get the vegetation through until the winter rain cycle begins. There was a lone canoeist in the pond to the left in the photo.

Barry came all the way to say “next time please”. New hackers were Fiona, Mary and Emma. Emma and Mary doing community service, part of their Springfield Convent school requirement. So Sue and I showed them what long leaf acacia seedlings look like and we found 3 areas to pull plenty of seedlings. It was not going to help cutting any larger stemmed plants, as we could not apply the herbicide in the rain. We worked in this area about 3 years ago and cut down some large stands of trees. This is the seed stock sprouting and it is much easier to get them out when they are small. The black bags from 2 months ago still have not been removed by the Reserve staff.

There were a number of Common Stick Grasshopper of varying colours in the dry straw coloured grasses on the sandy areas. The only insects visible. Heard Karoo Prinia, Cape White Eye, saw Red winged Starling and Red Eyed Dove, Egyptian Goose flying past.



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