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2020 Darling Wildflower Show

It is with regret that the committee of the Darling Wild Flower Society must inform the wildflower loving public that due to the Covid19 pandemic no annual wildflower show will take place in Darling in 2020. Please be responsible when visiting local wildflower...

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...

Fynbos Feline

Caracal caracal  The caracal is a striking medium-sized, robustly built cat with long powerful legs, large paws, a short tail and ear tips with long hair tufts. In South Africa, the caracal is also known as a ‘rooikat’ or ‘lynx.’ And although...

Invasive Alien Plants

INVASIVE ALIEN PLANT SPECIES Simply put…an alien species is a non-native plant or animal that is introduced to a region outside its natural area of distribution and threatens the indigenous biological diversity.   The management and control of Invasive...

When a mole is not a mole!

The Cape Golden Mole (Chrysochloris asiatica) is a small, blind, insectivorous mammal, and not remotely related to rodent moles. The Cape Golden Mole is solitary. They normally burrow just below the sand surface, leaving a distinctive humped trail. Each adult...

Pollination & Fybos

Briefly pollination can be defined as the transfer of pollen from anther of a male plant to the stigma, ovule or flower of a female plant of the same species. This pollen then fertilizes the plant. Only fertilized plants can make fruit and/or seeds, and without them,...

Wildlife in Fynbos

WILDLIFE AND FYNBOS In the past large mammals such as elephants, rhino and buffalo roamed the Western Cape including the fynbos dominated coastal and coastal lowland areas. Today all but a few of the larger antelope species had disappeared, hunted to the last one by...

#FynbosFans

A brief introduction to the Fynbos Biome of South Africa Fynbos is an evergreen, hard-leaved Mediterranean type shrubland that occurs on nutrient-poor soils. The name is derived from the Dutch word Fijnboch which when literally translated means ‘fine bush’. Most...