4 February World Wetlands Day Walk with wetland expert Retief Grobler starting at 07:00

Please join us on Saturday 4 February at 07:00 for a Wetlands Walk with wetland specialist Retief Grobler to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is one of the last areas within the city where both ridge and flood plain morphology occur, with the Moreletaspruit running through the length of the reserve. Join us to learn more about the functions of the ecosystem, the type of wetland and how urbanisation has altered the natural flow of the system and how we can protect and conserve our river and wetlands to ensure the free ecosystem services they provide for future generations.

Bring along a hat, water to stay hydrated and comfortable shoes. We will meet on the lawn at the entrance building.

Cost is free, apart from entrance fee for non-members.

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Invasive Species Hack Sunday 22 January 2022 at 07:00

Join us for the first Invasive Species Hack for 2023 on Sunday 22 January.

Time: 07:00 – 10:30

Where: Meet @ Faerie Glen Nature Reserve main entrance

Who: Everybody is welcome!

RSVP: Please e-mail admin@fgnr.co.za if you plan on helping

What to bring:

  • Pruning shears (large and/or small)
  • Hand-saw / klein handsaag
  • Gardening gloves
  • Sun hat, old clothes (long sleeved) and closed shoes for working in the field
  • Something to drink to keep hydrated

FFGNR will provide:

  • Herbicide
  • Tree poppers
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Invasive Species Hack Sunday 11 December 2022 at 07:00

Join us for this month’s Invasive Species Hack on Sunday 11 December 2022.

Time: 07:00 – 10:30

Where: Meet @ Faerie Glen Nature Reserve main entrance

Who: Everybody is welcome!

RSVP: Please e-mail admin@fgnr.co.za if you plan on helping

What to bring:

  • Pruning shears (large and/or small)
  • Hand-saw / klein handsaag
  • Gardening gloves
  • Sun hat, old clothes (long sleeved) and closed shoes for working in the field
  • Something to drink to keep hydrated

FFGNR will provide:

  • Herbicide
  • Tree poppers
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Jonathan Leeming will be the guest speaker on 29 November at 18:00

Anyone is welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve on Tuesday 29 November at 18:00 at the Dutch Reformed Church Faerie Glen, 429 Glenwood Ave. 

Please note the gate entry code: 5310#

Best-selling author, international speaker, and award-winning conservationist, Jonathan Leeming will be our guest speaker for the evening and guide us through an entertaining and unique exploration of spiders, answering the question: How spiders can help us overcome the challenges of our time?  It has never been more important to understand the world around us. Bite Me! leverages our perceptions of spiders and their bites to demonstrate how we have become disconnected from the current requirements of our time.

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Moonlight Meander 2 December 2022

Book now for the next Moonlight meander on Friday 2 December 19:00 – 21:30. The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is usually closed to visitors at night, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to view the landscape and animals after dark.

We will be hiking approximately 5km up the Faerie Glen Hill. This is a guided hike and we will walk together in a group.

A limited number of hikers will be able to participate. Booking is essential!

Where: Meet on the lawn in front of the entrance building (please don’t be late)

Cost: FREE for members; R100 for non-members

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Ruth: 082 677 3683

What to bring:  Sturdy walking shoes; torch/headlamp; light jacket; refreshments

Note: Unfortunately no dogs will be allowed along with the night hike.

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Invasive Species Hack Sunday 13 November 2022 at 07:00

Join us for this month’s Invasive Species Hack on Sunday 13 November 2022.

Time: 07:00 – 10:30

Where: Meet @ Faerie Glen Nature Reserve main entrance

Who: Everybody is welcome!

RSVP: Please e-mail admin@fgnr.co.za if you plan on helping

What to bring:

  • Pruning shears (large and/or small)
  • Hand-saw / klein handsaag
  • Gardening gloves
  • Sun hat, old clothes (long sleeved) and closed shoes for working in the field
  • Something to drink to keep hydrated

FFGNR will provide:

  • Herbicide
  • Tree poppers
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Moonlight Meander 5 November 2022

Book now for the next Moonlight meander on Saturday 5 November 19:00 – 21:30. The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is usually closed to visitors at night, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to view the landscape and animals after dark.

We will be hiking approximately 5km up the Faerie Glen Hill. This is a guided hike and we will walk together in a group.

A limited number of hikers will be able to participate. Booking is essential!

Where: Meet on the lawn in front of the entrance building (please don’t be late)

Cost: FREE for members; R100 for non-members

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Ruth: 082 677 3683

What to bring:  Sturdy walking shoes; torch/headlamp; light jacket; refreshments

Note: Unfortunately no dogs will be allowed along with the night hike.

AND

Save the date for our Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 29 November at 18:00 at the Dutch Reformed Church Faerie Glen located at 429 Glenwood Avenue. 

Award winning conservationist, Jonathan Leeming will be our guest speaker for the evening. 

The agenda an minutes of the previous AGM will be sent out closer to the date. 

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Great Southern Bioblitz

Please join us on Sunday 30 October at 06:40 for a botanical excursion as part of the Great Southern Bioblitz which takes place from Friday 28 October to Monday 31 October.  Please note that you can participate on your own anytime during the 4 day period.

11 cities, 6 regions, 1 province and 3 countries in southern Africa and 1 in central Africa are taking part in the Great Southern Bioblitz 2022. Please join in the fun!

The Great Southern Bioblitz is an opportunity for all Southern Hemisphere countries to record organisms during Spring and showcase our beautiful biodiversity to the world. The event is run by a grassroots network of keen citizen scientists from across the globe.

The purpose of this event is to highlight both the immense biodiversity spread across the Southern Hemisphere in the flourishing springtime, as well as to engage the greater public in science and nature learning. People are encouraged to participate over the four day period by taking photos of as many wild and natural animals, plants, trees, birds, fungi, insects etc (not caged animals, pets, plants planted by people) as possible and submit them, using the iNaturalist app on their smart phones.  The information collected will create a valuable snapshot of Tshwane`s biodiversity.

All you need to do is download the iNaturalist app on your smart phone to take part in the Bioblitz.  Below are self-service video links to help familiarise yourself and to navigate the iNaturalist app:

o   What are observations?

o   How to make an observation with your iPhone

o   How to make an observation with your Android

o   Adding an Observation on a Mobile Device

o   Adding an Observation via the Web

o   How to Take Identifiable Photos

o   How to Use the Identify Page

o   Geotagging DSLR Photos in the Field

o   Duplicating an Observation

o   Adding a photo or sound to an Observation

o   Exploring Observations with iNaturalist

Bring along a hat, water to stay hydrated and comfortable shoes.  We will meet on the lawn at the entrance building.

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Invasive Species Hack on Sunday 16 October at 07:00

Join us for this month’s Invasive Species Hack on Sunday 16 October.

Time: 07:00 – 10:30

Where: Meet @ Faerie Glen Nature Reserve main entrance

Who: Everybody is welcome!

RSVP: Please e-mail admin@fgnr.co.za if you plan on helping

What to bring:

  • Pruning shears (large and/or small)
  • Hand-saw / klein handsaag
  • Gardening gloves
  • Sun hat, old clothes (long sleeved) and closed shoes for working in the field
  • Something to drink to keep hydrated

FFGNR will provide:

  • Herbicide
  • Tree poppers
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Bird walk on Saturday 15 October at 06:00

Blue Waxbill picture credited to Dirk Maartens Human

Join us for a birding morning on Saturday 15 October at 06:00 with Philip Calinikos, from BirdLife Northern Gauteng.

We will meet on the lawn next to the entrance building.

The outing is free for members, but there will be a charge of R60.00 for non-members (excluding entrance fee).

Bring along a hat, binoculars and water to stay hydrated.

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