Hacking Team at Zandvlei Nature Reserve – January 2017.

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

A cool SE wind was blowing with a clear sunny sky, the air temp was in mid 20s. I walked the roads and photographed each section to gauge the invasives present as a record. The triangle seems to have a few well worn pathways, one coming out under the gum tree from the upper part of Old Boyes Drive. The free standing upper section of the Reserve where we have not worked before has plenty of invasives. Bert and Sue worked on this slope. Bert went through the stand to Boyes Drive and reported lots of Manatoka trees and seedlings. Also present in the neighbouring properties. William worked in the lower free standing section cutting and pushing over the dead trees. He started working on a large Manatoka tree. Barry walked the street edge of the lower triangle section and cut a number of sapling Port Jacksons.
I worked at the honeysuckle site and found a mountain cockroach as the only living creature seen on the ground all afternoon. There are still some flowering plants around.

9 species of birds recorded.A pair of Swallowtail Butterflies were chasing each other around as the only butterflies seen all afternoon.

The mouth of the estuary was open with the sand bar very prominent with little water flowing over it or a channel visible. Have photos. The scouts were managing to sail their boats on the main waterbody. There was a cricket game in progress on the sports field. A rowdy bunch with blaring musuk were in the picnic section, and Law enforcement arrived and they turned it off and left. It is interesting how the sound travels up the mountain side and individuals with loud voices can be heard talking clearly.


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