Source To Sea - exploring our Catchment with GIS
28 April 2009 – Three sections of the trail completed.
This is an overview by Gavin Lawson of part of the trail by Group C.
The route and GPS points are indicated in yellow.
litter we saw in the trap when we
litter trap on the Sand River being cleaned.
Some of what was removed.
At the Nature Reserve Mark Arendse (Environmental Education Manager) and Romeo Paulse (2009 Student) were introduced and they took the group on a guided tour of part of the Reserve. They stopped off at the Sand River and inspected the containers with results of the mini SASS tests. With charts they identified the creepy crawlies to establish the health of the river system and quality of the water. They saw a number of birds and were shown some of the useful plants for medicinal and other uses.
Checking the SASS test. Listening to some of the important facts.
explaining some of the content of the tray. Mark explaining
some of the birds and animals to be
The wise teachers talking shop. Getting the feeling of the canoe for the first time.
come the drunken sailors" trying to keep in a straight line
Chesney Allen and David Stuurman Logan Theron and Tiaan Douman
Alex Reblo, Stephen Moser and
Daniel Cudlipp. Mark Arendse, Aldean
Blythe and Nathaneal
and Estiaan Gouws.
Tim Le Mesurier, Romeo Paulse and
"The Doc" following up. It was a bun fight to see who could get through first.
Guess what? 2 of our intrepid sailors Chesney Allen and David Stuurman managed to overturn the very stable canoes - a first! They learnt something about being on the water and becoming over confident, getting soaked in the process. Fortunately it was not deep where they had the mishap.
Arriving at the Scout Base.
bridge looking south towards Looking west towards
"Elephants Eye" cave where the fabled
bridge looking north towards the back of Table Mountain and Devils Peak. The confluence of the Westlake and Keysers rivers meet the main waterbody
of Zandvlei at this bridge. The original single
along shore of Zandvlei
wasnt long before Alex Reblo found a
snake, Sharon explaining
what happens to stormwater run
Mark explaining how important "biodiversity corridors" are to link the mountain, the vlei and the coast line. Suburban development has impacted hugely on the natural environment in recent years. So all are encouraged to plant local indigenous plants in their gardens and on the pavements / sidewalks to help the birds, animals, insects to forage and assist the pollination and seed dispersion of the fynbos plant species.
stopped at Thesens bridge to read the history of the benefactor who donated the
bridge for the
Last stop was at the "rubble weir" and its purpose was explained. We all saw that the mouth of the estuary had been opened with the bulldozer. Heavy rains were forecast for the successive days, and we saw that the vlei water level was quite high.
dead rat, that died of a heart attack because The mouth opened.
Just starting to open the mouth at 09h00. Finished by lunch time.
We went to the Muizenberg pavillion for lunch and the report back.
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