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#KnowYourFynbos: Gorgeous gladioli

A couple of months back, on a rainy-day hike in the Elgin area, I was lucky to put my foot down next to an exquisite flower called the Brown Afrikaner (Gladiolus maculatus). The buttercup-yellow and maroon-speckled treasure had popped up right in the middle of...

Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI)

In this month’s #TMFInTheField we introduce you to The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). The SCLI is all about enlarging the Southern Cape conservation footprint, by creating weed-free corridors and landscapes. Through the establishment of working relationships between landowners and land managers, who have an interest...

#KnowYourFynbos: Fabulous vygies

Like fireworks in the fynbos, once a year when spring arrives, thousands of vygies erupt in an explosive carnival of colour. Bees, butterflies and insects are drawn to the ‘bright lights’, as clusters of pink, purple, yellow, orange, red and white blossoms pop up across...

Elgin’s shared secret: The Groenlandberg

The concept of nature as a shared resource is seldom heartily embraced like it is in Elgin’s Groenlandberg Conservancy. Built around a patchwork of various, private tracts of land, this growing movement is the result of a collective of forward-thinking landowners with shared values in...

New small grant facilities

TMF are pleased to announce the funding of eight new small grant facilities located throughout the Cape Floristic Region. These small grant facilities will support the inclusion of new entrants to the conservation sector through funding, mentoring and managing of small grant beneficiaries from their...

Know Your Fynbos | Ericas: Miniature bells

I defy you not to love Ericas. One of the most exquisite plant genera in the Cape Floral Kingdom, and also the largest, the Erica genus is made up 860 species worldwide, and we are extraordinarily lucky to have 760 of those species here in...

TMF In the Field: Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust

The Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust is undertaking a unique way to secure the long-term conservation of Critically Endangered Renosterveld remnants on privately-owned land. Funding from TMF has enabled them to take a novel approach to new levels of biodiversity stewardship, ensuring that hundreds of hectares...

An icy Sneeuberg summit: Conquering the Cederberg’s highest peak

All the familiar landmarks came into focus: a miniature Wolfberg Arch; a tiny Maltese Cross; the peaks of Tafelberg and Sneeukop, sitting below us for a change. From Krakadouw to the north, to the Groot Winterhoek and Matroosberg mountains further south, the bird’s-eye-view below us...