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 October 2011.

1. Flora

11. Invasive Alien Clearing

The alien clearing is up to date for Soralia Village.

2. Fauna

Sighting totals:

Soralia Village.

  • 2 x Pternistis capensis ( Cape Spurfowl)
  • 6 x Prinia maculosa (Karoo Prinia)
  • 1 x Pycnonotus capensis ( Cape bulbul)
  • 2 x Vanessa cardui (Painted Lady)
  • 7 x Sturnus vulgaris (Common Starling)
  • 1 x Pelecanus onocrotalus (White Pelican -fly over)
  • 1 x female Bradypodion pumilum ( Cape Dwarf Chameleon)
  • 1 x Hyperolius horstockii (Arum Lily Frog)
  • 2 x Pieris brassicae (Cabbage White)
  • 4 x Pseudonympha magus (Silver-bottom Brown)
  • 1 x Felis silvestris catus (Domestic cat)
  • 1 x Ardea melanocephala ( Black-headed Heron)
  • 1 x Papilio demodocus demodocus ( Citrus Swallowtail)
  • 1 x Cassphya caffra ( Cape Robin Chat)
  • 4 x Estrilda astrild ( Common Waxbill)
  • 2 x Hirundo rustica ( Barn Swallow)

Sunrise Villas.

  • 1 x Passer melanuru ( Cape Sparrow)
  • 1 x Pieris brassicae (Cabbage White)


photograph by Margit van Heerden.

Figure One: A cute Mole rat.


3. Site Inspections and Safety Checks

3.1 Soralia Village.

3.1.1 Site Inspection.

The pathway was cleaned by the landscaping team. The bird hide and the pathways are still in good condition. I did water sampling for Soralia and Villa D’Gava and the samples were sent to Scientific Services.

I put on a spring on the front entrance gate of the Nature Reserve.

3.1.2 Cutting of Reeds (Typha capensis - Bulrush)

The reeds were cut on the 23rd and 24th of November. There were four contact workers and three Zandvlei staff plus I, two of the Zandvlei staff was the brush cutter operators. I set out two days but we hit a few snags along the way. In the South, there is a machine that cuts the reeds so this was the first time that the reeds were cut by hand.

On the first day, the unexpected rain resulted in the reeds not being sprayed and the water level rose so there is a section that has not been cut.
The second day, the wind was strong so that also resulted in the reeds not being sprayed.
There were too few people and days to complete the section.

Next year, I will have to wait for atleast a month of no rain to let the water level drop. I will need to employ more contract workers and more brush cutter operators. I will spray the reeds once they start to re-grow so that the reeds do not start growing again.


photograph by Margit van Heerden.

Figure Two: After cutting the reeds.

3.2 Sunrise Villas

3.2.1 Site Inspection

The landscaping area is in good condition but I did notice that there is a lot of litter on the outer area of the fence, facing the beach.

4. Meetings

I attended the Soralia Village Trustee meeting on the 1st of November. I attended the South Managers Meeting at Kenilworth Race course.
On the 16th of November, I attended the Biodiversity networking evening, where I collected certificates for Multiprojects, the two HOA and MSP.
I attended a reptile forum at Drift sands on the 19th of November.


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