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Know Your Fynbos | Let’s talk Leucadendrons

Leucadendron: a rather serious-sounding title for this lively fynbos shrub that we see dotted across the mountain in a rainbow of different hues. Its common name ‘conebush’ sounds quite ordinary too, but species like silver tree, spinning top, golden sunshine and silky-ruff begin to paint...

Reconnecting the youth with nature

In this week’s #TMFInTheField we introduce you to the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Small Grant funded project “Reconnecting the youth with nature”. The project team believe that sustainable conservation of natural resources and the fulfilment of the lives and potential of young people will only...

#KnowYourFynbos | The private life of proteas

Proteas are to fynbos what salt and pepper are to the spice rack: the golden children. The dazzling King Protea is our national flower - an iconic symbol of South African heritage - and proteas of all shapes and sizes are celebrated in décor and...

New challenge: Get to know your fynbos

One of the most awe-inspiring things about the Cape Floral Kingdom (CFK) is how much more there is to it than meets the eye. What could easily appear to be a monotonous carpet of dull scrubland is really just the opposite: an abundant plant paradise,...

All the small things: The rare Geometric Tortoise

The humble tortoise. A peculiar, prehistoric creature with ancient origins dating back 260 million years. Originally a ‘fat lizard’, whose ribs broadened out and eventually united to form a complete shell, the tortoise we know today uses its suit of armour as a potent form...

Discover Silvermine: A walk on the West side

While its name doesn’t instantly conjure idyllic images of a pristine nature-lover’s haven; if you visit Silvermine, that’s exactly what you’ll find. In 1675, prospectors believed that the mountains in the area contained silver, but when shafts were sunk to locate it, there was in fact...

#ShareTheShores

The Nature’s Valley Trust (NVT) runs a programme called our Coastal Impact Programme, through which, with funding from the Table Mountain Fund and other sources, they have been able to assess the impact that we as people have on coastal biodiversity, and to seek novel...