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 May 2011

1. Flora

1.1 Control measures:

For the month of May, 16 hours of alien clearing was done at Soralia Village. The alien vegetation was Acacia salinga (Port Jackson) and Acacia cyclops (Rooikrans).

2. Fauna

Sighting totals:

Soralia Village

  • 5 x Felis silvestris catus (Domestic Cat)
  • 13 x Pternistis capensis ( Cape Spurfowl)
  • 2 x Telophorus zeylonus (Bokmakierie)
  • 21 x Serinus canicollis (Cape Canary)
  • 1 x dead Rhabdomys pumilio (Striped Field Mouse)
  • 1 x Elanus caeruleus (Black-shouldered Kite)
  • 2 x Lanius collaris (Common Shrike)
  • 5 x Prinia maculosa (Karoo Prinia)
  • 5 x Strongylopus grayii (Clicking Stream Frog)
  • 1 x Rhabdomys pumilio (Striped Field Mouse)
  • 3 x Crematogaster peringueyi (Cocktail Ant nests)
  • 2 x Corvus albus (Pied Crows)
  • 1 x Macroglossum trochilus (African Hummingbird Moth)
  • 1 x Cacyreus marshalli (Geranium Bronze)
  • Lots of flowering Chasmanthe aethiopica (red flowers)
  • 6 x Estrilda astrild (Waxbills)

Figure 1: Western Leopard Toad Poster in Hide

3. Site Inspections and Safety Checks

3.1 Soralia Village

The pathways have no nails sticking out and no structure needs to be replaced. There are alot of weeds in the landscape area and I still await a response on whether the landscaper will remove the weeds.
An information poster about the Western Leopard Toad was put in the hide at Soralia Village.
Cassandra Sheasby and I designed an information pamphlet for Soralia Village and the pamphlets were dropped in the post boxes.

4. Water Sampling

Water samples were taken at Soralia Village and Villa D ALGava. The samples were taken to check the faecal coliforms and E.coli levels in the water. These samples were sent to the City of Cape Town Scientific Services to run the tests.

5. Meetings

I attended the Branch meeting at Tygerberg Nature Reserve for the City of Cape Town-Biodiversity Department. Various matters were discussed in the meeting as well as a frog presentation was presented by Clifford Dorse.

I attended the Trustee meeting for Soarlia Village. The following parties were present from conservation:

  • Mr. Dalton Gibbs-Regional Manager of the South (City of Cape Town)
  • Mr. Rashaad Samaai Environmental Professional( Department of Environmental Affairs and Developing Planning)
  • Mr. Mark Ogilvie Chief Executive Officer ( Cape Town Environmental Education Trust)
  • Ms. Cleo Schroeder- Project Administrator ( Cape Town Environmental Education Trust)
  • Ms. Cassandra Sheasby- Area Manager, Deep South ( City of Cape Town)

The duties of the Conservation Site Manager and the financial concerns were discussed.


                                                                                                                                             

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