Wild Flower Reserves of the Darling region

Darling is a picturesque village in the Swartland established in the 1851 by the then Cape Lieutenant Governor, Sir Charles Henry Darling. Surrounded by farmlands it is home to the famous Ms Evita Bezuidenhout, Ormonde, Darling Sweets and Darling Brewery. The small...

Biodiversity of South Africa

While it occupies only 2% of the world’s land surface area, South Africa is home to 10% of the world’s plant species and 7% of its reptile, bird and mammal species. Furthermore, it harbors around 15% of the world’s marine species. Endemism rates reach 56% for...

Biodiversity Hotspots of the World

A biodiversity hotspot is a biogeographic region with significant levels of biodiversity that is threatened by human habitation. To qualify as a biodiversity hotspot a region must meet two strict criteria: it must contain at least 0.5% or 1,500 species of vascular...

Biological Diversity

The United Nations designated 2011–2020 as the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and 2021–2030 as the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Thus during May 2020 our focus topic is biodiversity. Bio-diversity is a term used and heard throughout the...

Ten Fynbos Facts

Agapanthus makes a decent fire-break. A common enough flower in South African gardens, agapanthus can serve as a fire-break if you plant it close enough to the house. It is also drought resistant and its leaves help relieve swollen feet if you put them inside your...

Fynbos Amaryllis

Brunsvigia orientalis Brunsvigia orientalis referred to locally as the Konings-andelaar or Candelabra is a bulbous perennial 40-50cm in height. The flowerhead forms a huge sphere, up to 600 mm in diameter, with between 20 to 80 flowers. These are large, 6-tepalled,...

2020 Darling Wildflower Show and Plant Fair

SAVE THE DATE! The oldest wildflower show in the Southern Hemisphere and second oldest consecutive wildflower show in the world is celebrating 103 years of wildflower conservation in September. Online tickets will be available soon via Quicket. Join the Darling...

2020 International Environmental Calendar

03/03/2020 World Wildlife Day 18/03/2020 World Recycling Day 21/03/2020 World Water Day 28/03/2020 Earth Hour 13/04/2020 Int. Plant Appreciation Day 22/04/2020 Earth Day 22/05/2020 Int. Day for Bio-Diversity 05/06/2020 World Environment Day 22/06/2020 World...

Differentiating between venomous and non-venomous snakes

There are plenty of misconceptions about the differentiation between non-venomous and venomous snakes – and we’re going to explore this process in detail below! The Basics For starters, it’s worth noting that this process is far more complicated than most people...