Dear Friends of the Environment,
this has been a very busy month and there is much to report on.
Our Committee members have other interests apart from WESSA and this month I am attaching a report rom Monica Vaccarro who is heavily involved in the Landmark Foundation Education programme. Read more about this Thembalethu High School Youth Day event in collaboration with Cape Nature.
WESSA Knysna held their AGM recently and I attach the Chairlady’s report on the past year’s activities in Knysna.
There has been much about Alien Invasive Species – particularly plants – in the past weeks. For this reason there is a heavy emphasis on this topic this month.
Sincere thank for contributions from :-
Sandra Falanga, Outramps CREW & GCBR (Mossel Bay) for the summary of the AIS Workshop held in George on 26 June (PDF attached).
Cassandra Puren for an understandable summary of the new legislation and how it affects all of us (in the Newsletter.
Ann Symons for organising – hopefully many – hacking groups (“How about hacking” PDF attached)
Mare Collett & Pam Booth for information on Black Wattle Bio Control Agent (PDF attached) which is available ONLY this month at the Garden Route Botanical Garden ….and it is FREE !!!!!!
Priscilla Burgoyne, Curator, Southern Cape Herbarium for her compilation of of alien Invasive species in our area. (PDF attached). Priscilla has only recently relocated to George and is shocked to see the extent of invasion and hopes to contribute to our awareness of the threats to our biodiversity.
Being an extremely ignorant botanist myself, I have compiled an excel file based on Priscilla’s list (which is attached )and will be adding photos for quick reference. This will probably be quite a large file which I can either e-mail to those who request it or copy onto a disc that you provide me with.
The individual Invasive alien species descriptions by Ena MacIntyre will resume next month. She is resting on her laurels this month….and in the Newsletter you will see why!
We have a very special …..Ocean Odyssey have most generously offered us a boat tour organised exclusively for WESSA Eden Newsletter readers on Thursday 30th July at a very special rate…see Newsletter for more…..
And whilst we are on ocean activities, as a separate attachment you will find an article on Marine Mammal Monitoring from
Alejandra Vargas Fonseca (DVM, MSc), PhD candidate , Department of Zoology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University