We are pleased to report that WRP Consulting Engineers, a local water engineering firm, kindly donated an electronic rain gauge to the FGNR. The FFGNR appreciate this kind donation greatly. The rain gauge was commissioned on 1 December 2018 and will provide rainfall data via the Zednet data acquisition and display platform. The gauge was installed adjacent to the existing conventional rain gauge near the main office. Rainfall data is collected by a GSM data logger connected to the electronic rain gauge. The data logger records the number of tips (each representing 0.2mm of rainfall) in a tipping bucket inside the rain gauge. This rainfall data is then uploaded to the Zednet platform (a data hosting platform developed by WRP) once a day at 06:30 and provides a record of the rainfall for the previous day.
Brad and Mark Astrup
Anyone can access the data on the Zednet platform. To access the data on a web browser visit live.zednet.co.za and enter the username (FGNR) and password (Rainfall). Once logged into the platform, select ‘live data’ and then navigate through the folders to expose tick boxes for ‘Rainfall Intensity’ and ‘Rainfall mm/day’. Click in either of the tick boxes to display their data. The data range can be selected by changing the start and end date of the display period. The Zednet mobile app can be downloaded from the App Store (for i-phone/Apple device) or Google Play store (for Android device). Once downloaded, enter the URL live.zednet.co.za and same username and password to access data via the app.
The poster can be downloaded here: Zednet Poster
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!
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
-Sun hat, old clothes (long sleeved) and sturdy shoes
-Something to drink to keep hydrated
FFGNR will provide
-Herbicide and latex gloves
Please help us to conserve and restore the indigenous vegetation to protect and ensure the future of FGNR.
Jaco 071 140 4412
Louise 072 275 0614
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.
(Cell: 072 275 0614)
Friends of the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
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.
Where: Picnic Area
Who: Everybody is welcome!
Cost: FFGNR Members – FREE
Non-members – R50.00
Note: Live snakes will be present
What to bring:
– Sun hat
– Camping chair