Renosterveld is one of the most fragmented and endangered ecosystems in the world. Securing Renosterveld in perpetuity through the Conservation Easement Programme has to be targeted in a manner that will achieve the greatest benefits for the ecosystems and the ecological processes across the landscape.
One of the best management tools to ‘restore’ Renosterveld to its full potential from a biodiversity perspective is to utilise fire as a management tool when the veld age of the vegetation in a fragment has reached a moribund state (where it typically lacks vigour) due to the high woody component of the vegetation.
Nerine humilis was introduced to me by Bruce Anderson following a field trip with John Manning in the Southern Cape. The inspiration for this trip followed the discovery of a very unusual form of Nerine humilis with exceptionally long filaments and styles on the foothills of the Langeberg mountains near Suurbraak.