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 July 2011

1. Flora

1.1 Control measures:

I did two hours of alien clearing ( Soralia Village), there were saplings coming up of Port Jackson which I pulled out.

2. Fauna

The Zandvlei team and I did a translocation of fauna and flora. We translocated two Lampyridae spp (glow worm), two Heteropodidae palystes (rain spider) and one female Trachylepis capensis (Cape skink) from Chevron land. We put the fauna into Soralia’s conservation area.
At Muizenberg East, we removed 17 Elegia tectorum (restio) from the construction area from South Break and replanted them in Muizenberg East Private Nature Reserve.

Figure 1: Restios from phase two                            Figure 2: Female Cape Skink

Sighting totals:

Soralia Village

  • 1 x Lanius collaris (Common fiscal)
  • 1 x Pternistis capensis ( Cape Spurfowl)
  • 1 x Hystrix africaeaustralis (porcupine quill)
  • 1 x Anas undulate (yellow billed duck)
  • 1 x Telophorus zeylonus (bokmakierie)
  • 1 x Trithemis furva (navy dropwing)
  • 2 x Pycnonotus capensis ( Cape bulbul)
  • 2 x male Cinnyris chalybeus (Southern Double Collared sunbird)

Muizenberg East

  • 5 x Pternistis capensis ( Cape Spurfowl)
  • 1 x Cinnyris chalybeus (Southern Double Collared sunbird)
  • 1 x Strongylopus grayii ( clicking stream frog)
  • 2 x Bubulcus ibis (cattle egret)
  • 2 x Passer melanurus (cape sparrow)

Sunrise Villas Species List
I have updated Sunrise Villas plant list from two to eighteen plant species.

  • Elanus caeruleus (Black shouldered Kite)
  • Larus dominicanus (Kelp Gull)
  • Carpobrotus edulis
  • Chrysanthemodies monilifera
  • Cotyledon orbiculata
  • Arctotheca populifolia (sea pumpkin)
  • Agave sisalana
  • Arctotis stoechadifolia
  • Brachylaena discolor
  • Chasmanthe aethiopica
  • Dietes bicolor
  • Dimorphotheca pluvialis
  • Helichrysum petiolare
  • Juncus effusus
  • Lavatera arborea
  • Myoporum tenuifolium
  • Pelargonium graveolens
  • Pennisetum clandestinum
  • Sideroxylon inerme
  • Zantedeschia aethiopica

3. Site Inspections and Safety Checks

3.1 Soralia Village

I did a site inspection at Soralia after the landscaper team completed the pathway. Firstly, they pulled up Psoralia glauncia after I showed the where to put the pathway. The piles of dried weeds that they pulled up still have not been removed. The contactors leave the off cuts from the path into the vegetation and the building materials.

I put up a bird poster in the bird hide, water birds of Southern Africa.

Figure 3: Dried plants                                         Figure 4: Building material 

Figure 5: Bird poster in hide

4. Snake Handling

I attended a snake handling course on the 30th and 31st of July at Drift sands Nature Reserve. I got 95% for my snake ID test and passed the handling section. I handled a Mole snake, Boomslang, Cape Cobra and Puff Adder, I will email my certificate once I received it. I would like to thank the Trustees from Sunrise Villas and Soralia Village for giving me the opportunity for expanding my knowledge and skills.

Figure 6: Cape Cobra (15 years old, appropriately named Big Boy!!)

5. Muizenberg East Private Nature Reserve

The alien clearing that was done on MSP land was not done properly and the stumps of Port Jackson have already started to coppice. No herbicide was applied and the trees were not cut short enough. My main concern is the brush that has been sitting on the site and is a huge fire hazard.

Figure 7: Dried brush piles                                       Figure 8: More dried brush piles


                                                                                                                                             

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