Hacking Team at Zandvlei Nature Reserve – November 2017.

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

Clear sky except for the clouds of smoke from Rondevlei Nature Reserve which was on fire.
A slight breeze from the NW with cool air from the sea. Unusual in that there is usually associated clouds frog or mist with the MW which had been blowing all day. The sun was hot and the air humid out of the wind.

Bert and Barry did a touring section through the lower and middle sections finding the bigger things to cut down. They carry the serious instruments. Robin Sue and I went back the the old quarry section and finish the Australian myrtle plants we did not get done last month. We then followed a path looking for any seedlings or regrowth through the middle section. We found plenty to keep us occupied. Sue the counter pulled 32 seedlings from one spot she sat down at. Robbin found a new species of crassula about to flower. We found the patch of vygie type plants in flower and what a beautiful display they make. In the same area the soil is very dry and there are a number of plants struggling to survive. Robin also found a small vygie type species growing on a large rock. Bert was chased away from above the traffic dept buildings by those on duty. 2 very large Rooikrans trees and the remaining branches of the Manatoka need to be cut down. A gum tree is overhanging Old Boyes Drive which is hitting trucks and buses, this needs to be cut back.

An interesting observation there were very few insects about. We past 1 small Golden Orb spider and web under a tree. 10 bird species were seen. Was the barometric pressure an influence? The estuary mouth was in the process of being closed, this takes 3 – 5 days to complete. The water level was high. There were still concrete barrier blocks used at the Muizenberg Kite Festival in the Nature Reserve area waiting to be removed back to the Roads Dept.



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