June-July 2016 Holiday Programme

Tygerberg and Durbanville Nature Reserve June-July 2016 Holiday Programme

Give your kids a safe outdoor experience this holiday where they can learn and have fun in nature

  1. ·         Programme starts at 09h00 and finishing at 12h00
  2. ·         It is important that children wear comfortable shoes, bring along a sunhat and water
  3. ·         We do not provide catering, so please send a packed lunch.
  4. ·         Bookings are essential, to book contact Rhonwen Kayster at TygerbergNatureReserve.Intern@capetown.gov.za 021 444 9263.

 

Date

Venue

Topics

6- 12 years of age

 

27 June – 1 July

Durbanville Nature Reserve, Racecourse Road

Water conservation, Insects, TNR winter hike, Birds, Arts&Crafts, Educational games

Limited to 30 children

4 July – 6 July

Parow Library, C/O Mcintyre Street and 1st Avenue

Insects, Story-telling, colouring-in session, Birds, Mammals

All welcome

8 July

Bellville Library, Carel van Aswegen Street

TNR animals, story-telling, colouring in, educational games

All welcome

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July 5th 2016: Monthly Talk at Tygerberg Nature Reserve

The Herbarium  at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, in London 

 presented by Petra Broddle

What it is, and how we use the plant specimens and data today. The collection also houses many historical collections that will be of interest e.g. the plants collected on David Livingston’s expedition, by Burchell and Jan Smuts to name but a few.  Kew also houses one of the largest collection of items of plant origin from the Ancient Tombs of Egypt.

Petra really is the go-to person when it comes to the Rhenosterveld!

 

Her early years was spent on a citrus and protea farm on the north side of the Magaliesberg Mountains, west of Pretoria.

Matriculated from Milnerton High School in 1991.
B.Sc.(Botany & Zoology) from Stellenbosch.
Went to London in 1996, intending to only stay a year, ended up staying for 20 years.
Member of the London Natural History Society and a volunteer and trustee at the South London Botanical Institute for most of this time.
Has worked in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for the last 10 years in various positions.

My family live in Table View, and I have remained a member of the Friends of Rietvlei.

Other interests: History, architecture, art, photography, good radio programmes and walking slowly.
At the moment, enjoying being back with family and engaging with South African botany.  Joined the Friends of the Blaauwberg Conservation Area and the CREW team of the Tygerberg Hills.   Feeling extremely fortunate to have joined this team as Hedi who heads this team is held in extremely high regard by the botanists at Kirstenbosch.

 

Time and Place is 19h00 for 19:30 at Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre , Tygerberg Nature Reserve.

Cost :  Friends of  Tygerberg Hills membership card is a free entry.  Non-members = R20 donation.

For more details contact Diane on  021 975 5660

Please Note : 2016 membership is due from June.   Also collect your 2016 membership cards at the meeting or at the main gate as you need the card to enter the reserve.  No membership receipt is a valid entry anymore.

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June 7th: Talk at Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Nikita Swartz

WIL student of 2016 from Cape Peninsula University Of Technology

Tygerberg Nature Reserve

 

Topic: Tree of Heaven

Ailanthus altissima is an invasive species that produces ailanthrone. Ailanthrone is a chemical which stunts the growth of all vegetation in the vicinity of the tree.

This tree has vigorous growth rates; an extensive root system this often causes damage to infrastructure such as pipelines, walls and pavements.

This tree originates from china, it was brought here as an ornamental tree and is planted in gardens and on pavements throughout South Africa. This tree is now spreading uncontrollably to the detriment of biodiversity and infrastructure.

The tree of heaven is commonly found in urban ecosystems with many well established trees frequenting in gardens and built up areas. The species however is not dependent on urban systems to survive; an uncontrolled spreading of these species can result in it establishing itself in natural ecosystems.

According to the Alien Invasive Species Regulations Under National Environmental Management the Tree of Heaven species is a category 1b invader meaning that is needs compulsory control as part of management. Therefore it is becoming a vital thing to inform the public.

Within the talk topics will be:

  • Identification of the tree of heaven
  • Competitive invader
  • Control methods
  • What can you do

 

Time and Place : 19h00 for 19:30 at Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre , Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Cost: Friends of  Tygerberg Hills membership card is a free entry. Non-members = R20 donation.

For more details contact Diane  021 975 5660

 

Please Note : 2016 membership is due . Also collect your 2016 membership cards at the meeting or at the main gate as you need the card to enter the reserve.  No membership receipt is a valid entry anymore.

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May Talk at Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Talk on 3rd May 2016  Title : Invasive Wasps causing havoc in Cape Town

The speaker is Marco Meyer who studied environmental and water science at UWC.

He was an intern at Department of Environmental Affairs before he started at the invasive species unit in 2014.

 

Content of the talk:

Two invasive wasp species have made Cape Town their new home. The European paper wasp is extremely abundant in the northern suburbs and has been making life for residents uncomfortable.

The German wasp is less abundant, but far more aggressive.

In this talk we will explain who these wasps are and what the City of Cape Town has been doing to assist residents.

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Time and Place : 19h00 for 19:30 at Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre , Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Cost: Friends of  Tygerberg Hills membership card is a free entry. Non-members = R20 donation.

Please Note : 2016 membership is due . Also collect your 2016 membership cards at the meeting or at the main gate as you need a card to enter the reserve.  No membership receipt is a valid entry anymore.

For more details contact Diane  021 975 5660

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