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
1.1 Control measures:
I did two hours of alien clearing ( Soralia Village), there were saplings coming up of Port Jackson which I pulled out.
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.
Figure 1: Restios from phase two Figure 2: Female Cape Skink
Sunrise Villas Species List
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