News24 has published an interview with Kevin Winter on the alarming pollution in the rivers of Cape Town. The interview features the Black River where the water weeds have trapped many varieties of waste and clogged a section of the river, creating a cesspit.
In 2019, CWBR has collaborated with several organizations to focus on local upliftment of young people, research projects to improve conditions for hikers with otherwise limited ability and environmental education.
An interesting take on Drone technology to be used for future speedy reforestation in hard to reach areas. Read the Business Insider article on South African and Australian technology coming together to create the next possible solution.
It’s the time of year for the bi-annual Western Cape Field Guides Association of South Africa meeting! Just before the annual fynbos forum, so a great opportunity to get your minds stimulated if you are also going to that event.
There are additions to the number of Biosphere Reserves in the world, and some biospheres are expanding! Read the links to find about where and who they are and why they have been named a Biosphere Reserve.
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Ants generally get a bad press. They spoil food, encourage aphids on plants, they bite, some of them sting, some even smell. When there’s lots of them in a swarm they can be scary, too, with all those little legs rustling around at high speed. The first question I’m always asked is “How can we get rid of ’em?”
On Monday 21st of January 2019 in the morning there was a beautiful sight in the sky – A Lunar Eclipse. CWBR reached out to its extended family for photos and received some fantastic photos which were taken just outside of Riebeeck West in direction of Moreesburg.
On Friday 26 October the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve (CWBR) had the amazing opportunity to visit a site in the south of Luxembourg that is earmarked to form part of Luxembourg’s first biosphere reserve.
Last week, Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve were fortunate to visit Meise Botanic Garden while on an awareness tour with La Source, a 20-meter-long oil painting depicting the biodiversity around and in the Berg River.
Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve has launched its latest project to create awareness of Biosphere Reserves in South Africa (and internationally). The work they, and their partners, do in much needed conservation and development.
On the 23rd of July 2018, Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve set up an exhibition showing all of the ongoing projects of CWBR at Stellenbosch Town Hall, alongside other organisations including ChangeAbility, Badisa, Winelands Fire Protection and more.
Gavin Maneveldt, a biodiversity and conservation professor at University of the Western Cape, gave two days of dynamic lectures on marine life and hands-on live experiences on the beach - watching anemones, octopuses, whelks, and many other living organisms on the rocky shores of De Hoop. An interactive walk for adrenaline junkies of a different type.
For National Water Week in March, Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, in collaboration with Stellenbosch Municipality Urban Greening, held a Water Wise Festival at Jan Marais Nature Reserve from the 22nd - 24thMarch 2018.
Driving past Theewaterskloof Dam, sand and dust swirl in the air at huge heights. The dam is continually adapted to keep water flowing and there is now visible evidence that areas of the dam are unable to recover from the ongoing drought.