Two years ago, I moved with my husband and soon-to-be-born baby to a 4-ha smallholding on the edge of Napier. The previous owners had farmed goats here and what remained of the veld areas on this property appeared to be quite ‘hammered’ by the goats and I had little hope that there would be much left.
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Once a year, this ‘Cinderella’ renosterveld landscape transforms into a botanical wonderland. This spring bloom peaks from early August to early October and is always over far too quickly. Make sure you don’t regret missing it this season (the flowering, thus far, appears to be largely unaffected by the drought) - get out there, visit your local remnants, come and visit Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve.
In this newsletter we celebrate our first five years and our recent achievements. We are thrilled to have come this far and to be able to assure our supporters that all our hard work is finally translating into hectares of renosterveld being conserved … we have a long road to travel, but we are on the right track and we remain committed!
There’s no doubt members of the Big Five once roamed our Renosterveld Reserve in the Overberg. Sadly, they became extinct in our area many years ago. But our Reserve still provides a sanctuary for members of the Little Five; three, to be precise. Take our Little 5 Challenge to see how well you know your Little 5.
Soil erosion is one of the major threats to the conservation of our Renosterveld especially in areas which have been historically overgrazed or neglected. Landowners and managers are invited to attend this day of practical advice and opportunity to share ideas regarding the combatting of erosion in Renosterveld and the management of Renosterveld in general.