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Originally known as Melkhoutskraal, the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. The name translates to “big father” in honour of Roelof Oelofse who owned the land in 1723. It has only been a reserve since 1986 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004.

This is the most significant stretch of indigenous afromontane forest left in the south-western Cape, with nearly all of the 35 typical forest tree species, including red alder, ironwood, stinkwood and yellowwood. Visitors to this beautiful reserve will relish the opportunity to get out into the forest on day walks and mountain biking trails. This is an excellent birding destination with more than 196 bird species regularly spotted. Hikers are likely to bump into bushbuck and spot baboons and smaller mammals when out on the trails. Sighting the forest emperor butterfly and a subspecies of the rare ghost frog would be the highlight of a visit here, as they can only be found in this particular forest.

World Heritage Day

Tuesday, April 18, 2017,
by CapeNature

World Heritage Sites are special and unique places with fragile ecosystems that need special care and one such site is the Cape Floral Region Protected Area World Heritage Site.

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Leopard safely translocated to natural environment

Wednesday, March 29, 2017,
by CapeNature

A leopard that was recently seen approaching a vehicle in Gordon’s Bay has been safely rehomed in a natural environment within the Western Cape.

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Water week 2017:
Nature’s Water Factory

Thursday, March 16, 2017,
by CapeNature

National Water Week takes place from 20 to 26 March in 2017. CapeNature highlights some key water facts in an animated video. 

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Make a change with
Earth Hour 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017,
by CapeNature

From 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Saturday, 25 March 2017, Earth Hour 2017 takes place. CapeNature urges the public to use their power and say YES to renewable energy. 

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Protecting the coastline:
An EPWP success story

Monday, March 6, 2017,
by CapeNature

Meet Selwyn Gertse, a pupil field ranger at Kogelberg Nature Reserve Complex and Betty’s Bay Marine Protected Area.

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World Wildlife Day 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017,
by CapeNature

Celebrated on 3 March every year, World Wildlife Day is a way to recognise the importance of wildlife in the wider ecosystem, and a chance to illuminate successes and challenges related to wildlife around the globe. 

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Getting ahead: An EPWP success story

Thursday, February 9, 2017,
by CapeNature

Meet Smith Oerson, a contractor at Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve near Robertson.

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Celebrate the value
of our wetlands on
World Wetlands Day

Thursday, February 2, 2017,
by CapeNature

With pressure on South Africa’s water sources continually increasing, it is vital we acknowledge World Wetlands Day and take note of the importance of this valuable water system.

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Illegal Dog Hunter Found Guilty & Sentenced

Thursday, January 26, 2017,
by CapeNature

An illegal dog hunter, who threatened the unique biodiversity of the West Coast, which is home to many rare and endangered animals, was recently found guilty in the Atlantis Magistrates Court for hunting protected and unprotected wild animals with dogs.

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Water: Time is running out

Thursday, January 19, 2017,
by CapeNature

Dr Ernst Baard, CapeNature’s Executive Director of Biodiversity Support, tackles the water question from a long-term perspective, in this article originally published in Agri-Culture’s December 2016-January 2017 issue. 

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