Just thought I'd kick this blog off with a brief recap of my first few weeks on the project. In the future, this will primarily be a photo blog aimed at sharing photos of my project and experiences with those interested as well as... making less work for me than a standard blog - this way I can spend more time on the veld instead of writing about it.
Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust director Odette Curtis talks about the value of fragments in this threatened ecosystem and the exciting discovery of six previously unknown botanical species. Fertile, low-lying habitats of the world have always been the most suitable for cultivation...
Quartz fields are islands of distinct vegetation in southern Africa. Such habitats differ from surrounding shale substrate in geomorphological and climatic attributes, and are dominated by a predominantly succulent flora with between 14% and 91% endemism. Previous studies have identified and surveyed quartz fields within the Succulent Karoo biome, but little is known about the Overberg quartz–silcrete fields located in the Renosterveld vegetation (Fynbos biome).
The Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust needs your help!! We are working with an American student on a project for which we need to raise $10 000 within 30 days (and it's all or nothing!) to make it happen. This project forms a critical component of what we are doing as a Trust and this is a real opportunity for you to help us achieve our objectives towards saving renosterveld. Please take 5 minutes and follow the link below and see how YOU can make an enormous difference to our cause!!
We have started setting out camera traps in renosterveld remnants and here is what we have found so far.... caracal, African Wild Cat, Egyptian Mongoose (also known as Large Grey Mongoose) and Porcupine. This is all from one site. Watch this space for more, as we have just set two cameras up on a new farm...
Thank you, Mazda Wildlife Fund, for recognising the importance of the work we are doing and providing us with a loaned project vehicle... a beautiful BT50 double cab 2X4 Mazda bakkie! We are thrilled with this acknowledgement so early on in our development and believe with this platform, we can go from strength to strength!
The right to name a rare Overberg bulb has been sold for £29,200 in the United Kingdom. The naming of the newly-discovered Hesperantha species was auctioned on 31 October. Proceeds of the auction will go to the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust (OLCT), an Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative partner.
Today we spent a fantastic day on the Suurbraak Commonage with CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers).... we saw so many gems - what a good reminder of why it is so important to conserve these critical lowland habitats. Here are some of the 'angels'... Please visit ispot for more submissions from the day and see a useful way of getting your obsesrvations in the field identified!