Zandvlei Trust

Muizenberg East Satelite Conservation Area - Month Reports.

This is a working relationship with the City of Cape Town and Zandvlei Trust.

Monthly Report for April 2011

1. Flora

1.1 Control measures:

  • I spent majority of April at Soralia Private Nature Reserve clearing the Acacia salinga (Port Jackson). Since I have no labour staff, I have to do all the work and a simple task takes longer to finish because of the staff shortage.

2. Fauna

  • Sightings:

Soralia Village

  • 1 x Meroles knoxii (Knox’s Desert Lizard)
  •  3 x Felis silvestris catus (Domestic Cat)
  • 4 x Pternistis capensis ( Cape Spurfowl)
  • 4 x Estrilda astrild ( Common waxbill)
  • 1 x Telophorus zeylonus (Bokmakierie)
  • 7 x Pseudonympha magus (Silver- Bottom Brown)
  • 6 x Dira clytus (Cape Autumn Widow)
  • 1 x Danaus chrysippus aegyptius ( African monarch)
  • 1 x juvenile Pseudaspis cana (Mole snake)

Muizenberg East

4 x Pternistis capensis ( Cape Spurfowl)

Figure 1: Cape Autumn Widow

3. Site Inspections and Safety Checks

Soralia Village

During a site inspection on the 21st of April, I noted the following:

  • There were beer bottles that were thrown over the wall next to the nature reserve entrance from the construction site. The foreman should be made aware of this because it was found during the day and it look like the bottles were drunk from the same day.
  • There were three cats in the conservation area , I urge that the residence put cat bells on their cats so that the birds in the area are alerted to the cats presence.
  • There was cleaning of the residence wheelie bins in the conservation area. The bins were washed clean in the conservation area which is not allowed. There needs to be a new area where the bins are washed and it must be away from the conservation area because there should be no rubbish and pollutions entering the area.

4. Soralia Village Bradypodion pumilum (Cape Dwarf Chameleon) count

  • A chameleon count was done at Soralia Village. It was done to see the chameleon population in the area.
    The Zandvlei staff and I found 7 young (few days old) and 21 adults.


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