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Zeekoevlei Fish Die Off

There are presently carp dying along the Zeekoevlei shore line in some places. At the moment it is suspected that the fish are dying from Koi Herpes virus that affected water bodies in Cape Town earlier in the year. The recent calm and hot weather conditions may have triggered this event. Water tests and fish […]

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Camera Trap Photos at Rondevlei

I thought I would share the following photos taken by camera traps recently deployed at Rondevlei. Several camera traps were deployed adjacent to Peninsula Rd,  some 50 – 250 m from the nearest houses. What follows is a selection of species recorded over three weeks in this area which is immediately adjacent to the houses […]

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Spring flowers on the Rondevlei path

Here are some pictures taken of the Rondevlei path during last Saturday’s spring walk. The spring flowers are up in profusion after the ecological burn this past autumn; showing how quickly the ecosystem recovers after a fire. What was ash and dry sand 6 months ago is now carpets of flowers.  

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Stop Press! Quick planting session tomorrow Sat 20 June 2015

  I have just received four tub loads of Waterbloemmetjies (Aponogeton distachyos) to plant out at Rondevlei. Is there anyone up for a short 1 hour planting session tomorrow morning between 09:00 – 10:00? I need to get the plants into the water ASAP. There is no digging involved so it is just anchoring them […]

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Fynbos Planting – 16 June 2015

A happy gang gathered along the Rondevlei path today and planted a hundred or so plants in the recently burnt area along the northern shore. These were mostly species being added to the diversity since the alien vegetation was cleared some 30 years ago. We put plants around the new Leopard Toad breeding pond and […]

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Fynbos Planting – 16 June 2015

Just a reminder that there will be fynbos planting at Rondevlei between 9:00 – 12:00 tomorrow. Despite the weather forecast of some rain the planting is going ahead. There is a bit of rain predicted but we will be able to shelter in the adjacent bird hide if it starts to pour. Our main objective […]

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Fynbos planting – 16 June

    Hi All Where: Rondevlei main Gate When: 09:00 – 12:00 16 June The 16th June is the Western cape’s Arbour Day as it makes no sense to plant something in September when it is about to stop raining! With the recent ecological burn on the northern shore of Rondevlei we now have a […]

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Lesser Flamingos at Zeekoevlei

During this draw down there are a few Lesser Flamingos in Zeekoevlei. These birds are less common in Cape Town and the majority of flamingos that we see are Greater Flamingos. Lesser Flamingos are surface feeders, filtering small organisms from the top of the water column. Greater Flamingos on the other hand filter algae and […]

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Rondevlei Ecological Burn

The Rondevlei Ecological Burn was successfully conducted yesterday, with the reed beds along the northern shore being burnt. According to the reserve records some of these reed beds have never burnt and are over 30 years old. The burning conditions yesterday were perfect with northerly winds taking the ash and smoke out over Rondevlei and […]

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First time Rondevlei dries up in 40 years!

Rondevlei has pretty much dried up in response to the summer draw down and regional drought that the 2014/15 summer has brought. The Western Cape wetlands are designed to dry up in summer and flood in winter and are characterised by this extreme fluctuation of water levels. This results in increased diversity of fauna & […]

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