Adopt Moreletaspruit Newsletter 24

Link to PDF newsletter: Adopt Moreletaspruit Newsletter 24, Nov. 2018

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The importance of staying on the trail

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It’s fantastic to see how many people are getting out into nature by visiting the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve at the start of the 2018 festive season. Excited children, focused trail runners, keen-eyed birdwatchers, and joyous dogs (with their required permits, of course) are all experiencing the thrill of exploring this natural haven in the suburbs of Pretoria.

 

The feeling of freedom sparked by visiting The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve can be taken a bit too far, however. Occasionally visitors become so curious about the nature reserve that they venture off the official trails.

 

Curiosity is fantastic and is something that The Friends of The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve would ordinarily encourage, but walking or running in the nature reserve is only permitted on the official trails for very good reasons. The most important of these reasons is to minimize the impact people have on the nature reserve (especially during peak visiting periods such as over the festive season) so that this beautiful natural environment can be conserved.

 

Some of the interesting effects of ‘off-trail’ walking are:

 

  • Existing trails can be inadvertently widened and erosion worsened.
  • Soil becomes compacted when it is stepped on, making it more difficult for plants and microbes to live there and allowing less water to seep into the soil.
  • Erosion and compacted soil can change water run-off patterns, which can have a major effect on erosion.
  • Vegetation can be damaged or destroyed.
  • Animal habitats can be damaged or destroyed.
  • There are no dustbins off the trails and should any littering occur, it will not be easily noticed and picked up.
  • Visitors can become lost or disoriented without a clear path and signage.

 

The larger wildlife in the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve have created many ‘game tracks’ which can be misleading, and visitors do unintentionally stray from the marked trails from time-to-time. Here are some tips to minimize the risk of this happening:

 

  • Examine the map displayed at the entrance so that you are familiar with the layout of the trails. Take a photo of the map with your cellphone and refer to it while you are in the reserve.
  • You may be “off trail” if you have not seen any log steps, signs, dustbins or benches for a long time.
  • You may be “off trail” if you are routinely having to bend over to avoid overhanging vegetation, or if the path seems particularly narrow.

 

If you do find yourself “off trail”, stop and examine the map if you have it with you. The best course of action is usually to turn around and retrace your steps until you reach an established trail.

 

Please help us to preserve the magic of The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve this festive season by staying on the official trails!

 

 

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Invasive Plant Hack Saturday 8 December

Lantana Vincent

Time: 07:00 – 10:00
Where: Meet @ Faerie Glen Nature Reserve main entrance

Who: Everybody is welcome!
RSVP: Please e-mail or SMS if you plan on helping

What to bring (one or more from list):
-Pruning shears/loppers (large and/or small)
-Hand-saw / brush cutter
-Gardening gloves
-Sun hat, old clothes (long sleeved) and sturdy shoes
-Something to drink to keep hydrated

FFGNR will provide

-Herbicide and latex gloves
-Tree poppers

Please help us to conserve and restore the indigenous vegetation to protect and ensure the future of FGNR.

 

http://www.fgnr.co.za

admin@fgnr.co.za

Jaco 071 140 4412

Louise 072 275 0614

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Botanical walk Sat 24 November

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Dear members,

Join us for a botanical walk this Saturday 24 November with Antoinette Eyssell-Knox.

We will meet at the lawn in front of the entrance building at 07:00

The outing is free for members, but there will be a charge of R50.00 for non-members (excluding entrance fee).

Bring along a hat, magnifying glass (not compulsory) and water to stay hydrated.

Best regards,

Louise Kritzinger

Chairperson

(Cell: 072 275 0614)

Friends of the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

admin@fgnr.co.za

http://www.fgnr.co.za

http://www.facebook.com/faerie.glen.nature.reserve

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Snake talk and demo with Mike Perry

Mike Perry will be presenting a snake talk and demo in association with African Reptiles & Venom and the Highveld Herpetological Association on Saturday 20 October 2018.

Time: 09:30
Where: Picnic Area
Who: Everybody is welcome!

 

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Non-members – R50.00
Note: Live snakes will be present

 

What to bring:

– Sun hat

– Camping chair

– Refreshments

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Birding Morning – Saturday 6 October 2018

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Birding morning with Philip Calinikos from BirdLife Northern Gauteng

Date: Saturday 6 October
Time: 06:00
Where:Meet @ Faerie Glen Nature Reserve main entrance
Who: Everybody is welcome!
Cost:
– FFGNR & BirdLife Members – FREE
– Non-members – R50.00
What to bring:
– Sun hat
– Water
– Comfortable shoes
– Binoculars

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Winter 2018 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter can be downloaded here.

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