Latest Renosterveld News

Latest Renosterveld News


Newsletter 22, Aug 2020

by Dr Odette Curtis-Scott.

Plundering biodiversity; The secret life of bees; and our online Field Guide launch

Spring has come early to our Overberg Renosterveld. Thanks to the good winter rains, the veld is truly coming alive now.

It’s the best time of year – when the grey-green Renosterveld cover transforms into every colour imaginable. 

It’s also the culmination of a successful few months for the ORCT, despite lockdown. Aside from the launch of the first Renosterveld Field Guide, we managed to negotiate several new easements (watch this space!), undertake our annual reviews of the management plans associated with our signed easements, as well as introduce our new Extension Officer, Grant Forbes, to the landscape and the wonderful farmers with whom we have the privilege of working.

Grant has taken to his new job like a duck to water and we are thrilled to have him on board! Keir Lynch has continued to support some functions of the Trust, as he is slowly phasing out of his ORCT role and handing over more responsibilities to Grant.

At this point, I would also like to wish Keir, who has worked for the Trust for 4 years, the very best for the future as he pursues and grows his own business. We achieved a huge amount of conservation successes together and it was wonderful working with someone as passionate, capable and knowledgeable as him. 

We are thrilled with where the ORCT is going and are happy to share our many stories in a challenging and unpredictable time.