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16/07/2018

From the June 2018 Reserve Manager's report:

Alien plant eradication

  • Opunita spp were treated in the following areas:
    Elephant Pan road – 3 plants
    Bird Hide road – 6 plants
    Argyle Lookout – 2 plants.
    Follow up inspections on the effectiveness of herbicide sprayed is 14 days.
  • Members contribution by recording occurrences (location) of prickly pear in the Reception sightings register is much appreciated.

Veld rehabilitation

  • The follow up on the Grewia and Mopane coppice on the Buffelsbed Eastern River Road (trial plot) progressed well during the reporting period. Approximately 31 of the estimated 40 hectares is completed. The quality of work is very pleasing.

Erosion Control

  • Nil.

Umbabat

  • Three trophy hunts took place in the Umbabat; buffalo, elephant and lion.

From the May 2018 Reserve Manager's report:

Alien plant eradication

  • X 1 Mature stand of Opuntia spp treated neat Timbavati Picnic Site. The treatment was 100% successful.

Veld rehabilitation

  • The late rains in April and May have resulted in a welcome “green flush” in the veld. This has produced some degree of late season growth.

    This is important on the 55-ha Buffelsbed trial block where Grewia spp was targeted for selective clearing in June 2018. The initial follow-up treatment on any coppice growth is underway:
  • Results on the 2-ha mopane trial on Goedehoop are most pleasing, with very little coppice currently showing.
  • Areas selectively cleared of Grewia south of Wahlberg’s Plain are being closely monitored for any follow up action.

Erosion Control

  • Three large mitre drains and four drainage humps were constructed in the steep and challenging access road to Bungalow # 202/3.

Umbabat

  • The permitted elephant hunt that took place in May was abandoned because the correct age and weight class, in terms of the APNR Hunting Protocol could not be found.

From the April 2018 Reserve Manager's report:

Alien plant eradication

  • Nil

Veld rehabilitation

  • Veld conditions this season have not aided further work on removing Grewia spp.

Erosion Control

  • Nil

Umbabat

The Toyota Hilux 4x4, pictured below, was generously sponsored by Lydenburg Toyota for the Umbabat Warden, Bryan Havamann, to use in the execution of his duties. In particular it will assist Bryan enormously in the execution of his counter poaching responsibilities. A sincere thank you to Lydenburg Toyota for their commitment and support in the fight against poaching.

Not only is the vehicle brand new, but it has after market fitment of specialised off-road gear generously sponsored by Lydenburg 4x4 Mega World. This includes Old Man Emu raised suspension, high quality off-road tyres, additional driving spot lights, load bin rails and load bin rubberising.


From the March 2018 Reserve Manager's report:

Alien plant eradication

  • Nil

Veld rehabilitation

  • The current (dry) veld conditions (sparse grass and hard soil surfaces) continue to prevent further veld rehabilitation work.

Erosion Control

  • Nil

Umbabat

  • An introductory letter on the appointment of the new Umbabat Warden, Bryan Havemann, will follow from the Chairman.

From the February 2018 Reserve Manager's report:

Alien plant eradication

  • Nil

Veld rehabilitation

  • Nil

Erosion Control

  • Nil

Umbabat

  • Nil

From the January 2018 Reserve Manager's report:

Alien plant eradication

  • Nil

Veld rehabilitation

  • Due to the extreme dryness and bare soils with only 1.3 mm of rain during the reporting period, no veld rehabilitation was possible.

Erosion Control

  • Mitre drains that suffered heavy siltation after a storm on 31 December 2017 were identified and attended to.

Umbabat

  • A full time Warden was appointed by the Umbabat Exco. Please welcome Bryan Haveman who joins us from the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. We wish Bryan every success in his new role as Umbabat Warden.

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