Archive | March, 2011

Protecting South Africa’s rare indigenous plants

The Department of Environmental Affairs has given the assurance that concrete measures are being put in place to protect the country’s rare indigenous plant species from extinction. This comes after Minister Edna Molewa was asked in the National Assembly what the department was doing to counter the “unprecedented extinction rates” of those species. Molewa said […]

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An Urban Sanctuary

I’ve recently started trail running so have been exploring all possible running locations in Durban. Yesterday this took me to Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve in Yellowwood Park. This is an excellent nature reserve, located in the south of the city, with numerous trails for running, hiking and mountain-biking. Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve which […]

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Biodiversity Trail

Cape Town’s Biodiversity Trail

Check it out – Cape Town has an excellent Biodiversity Trail, located next to the soccer stadium. Cape Town is internationally known as a biodiversity hotspot with many species occurring nowhere else in the world but they also have one of the highest rates of biodiversity loss. The Biodiversity Showcase Garden is therefore a vitally […]

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Now that’s colourful!

There used to be loads of these grasshoppers in my granddad’s garden. They release a pungent smell if you get too close. Anyone know any more about them?    

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We survived the winter!

Definitely a spring day in London today – what a lovely feeling to hang washing outside! I’m WFH (working from home) which as we all know can be code for SKIVING (well only a little bit you have to take a break don’t you?) which means I’m outside in my jams (another side effect of […]

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