Author:Peter Chadwick

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Blouberg Strand and Table Mountain

Habitat Transformation of the Cape Floristic Kingdom

Habitat transformation in the Cape Floristic Kingdom (CFK) has been extreme since the time when Jan van Riebeeck landed in South Africa in 1652. As much as 31% of the CFK has already been completely transformed, with the major threats being agriculture, alien plants, afforestation...

Bird Island – Lamberts Bay

Lamberts Bay, along our west coast, is best known for Bird Island and the 10 000 strong population of breeding Cape Gannets. It attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to view and photograph these charismatic seabirds from the carefully designed viewing hide and...

Crystal clear waterfall

Water is Life!

Without water, the human race would not exist and although much of our planet is covered with water, only 1% of it is usable to us, with 97% being salty and the remaining 2% being trapped in the ice caps. Despite this scarcity, we take...

Young eland bulls sparring

Eland – The World’s Largest Antelope

The eland is the world’s largest antelope and gained its name from the Dutch word ‘eland’ which means ‘elk’. It is one of the most adaptable of the antelopes – equally at home in savannah, sub-desert, woodland and mountainous areas up to 4600m.  In the...

Aerial view of the Langebaan Lagoon and salt marshes

West Coast National Park and Langebaan Lagoon

With incredible picturesque landscapes, vast fields of spring flowers and a high level of endemism, the West Coast National Park is a must see destination. As the only non-estuarine tidal lagoon in South Africa, Langebaan Lagoon forms the central core of this 27600-hectare National Park...

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De Mond Nature Reserve – Home to the Damara Tern

Managed by CapeNature, the little known De Mond Nature Reserve lies along the southern Cape coastline almost halfway between Arniston and Struisbaai. The Heuningness River that bisects the reserve widens here before entering the sea, forming a tranquil lagoon that is popular with fishermen and...

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Fire & Fynbos

Fire season is on hand, as has just been witnessed by the fires that have been raging across the peninsula from Signal Hill through to Fish Hoek. While these fires are devastating and place human life and property at risk, it must be remembered that...

Southern Right Whale mother and calf on the surface

Jewel of the Fynbos: De Hoop Nature Reserve

Probably best known for the vast numbers of Southern Right Whales that come to calve and mate within its protected waters De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area is considered one of the flagship nature reserves of CapeNature. From the tops of the expansive...

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Pollination in the Fynbos

Insects, birds and mammals are crucial pollinators of fynbos plants! Recent studies have shown that these plants will go to extreme lengths to attract the attention of pollinators and this is particularly apparent amongst the geophytes that bloom just after fire when pollinators are particularly...