Task Team - invasive vegetation removal (hacking).
This is a working relationship with the City of Cape Town and the Zandvlei Trust.
Trevor cutting the waxberry stems.
Barry cutting back the waxberry which had over grown the pathway.
This tiny shrub is in full flower with many small flies and other insects buzzing around the flowers.
This fly species fell off the shrub and lay on its back motionless for a while.
A strong SE wind blowing, on a hot
humid afternoon with a cloud about the mountains eventually high level clouds
closing out the sunlight.
The estuary mouth of
Zandvlei was opened yesterday and the flow rate under the railway bridge was 1 metre per
The water in the main waterbody was murky probaly dew to the wave action
generated by the wind. The water weed species in the Westlake Wetlands are
proliferating and have covered the waterbodies with Purple Swamp and Moorhens
being able to walk across the weeds from the reed shelters. There were 3 White-backed Ducks present on a small patch of pondweed in the Scout basin.
So it is slowly coming back.
The bird count was 25 species for the MyBirdPatch block. The predominant bird species seen most of the afternoon were Speckled Pigeons returning to the general area just above the reeds against the strong wind. Dragonflies were present along the pathways. The north western shoreline appears to have eroded in the last month probably due to the strong on shore winds and high water level. The adjacent pathways have been flooded and are presently very muddy never seen before at this time of the year. October, November, December and January to date have had very little recorded rainfall.
Ronnie cutting the copsed arms off a Brazillian Pepper tree in Management Block 27.
cutting a copsed Brazilian Pepper down in the reeds. He is standing on branches