Activity: Colouring in – plant appreciation day
Enjoy colouring in these pictures of the unique plants found in the Western Cape!
Infographic: Biodiversity – pamper your plants
Plants are part of our daily lives. For some tips on how to pamper your plants at home, have a look at this infographic!
Lesson plan and presentation: Fabulous flora of the Western Cape – youth and adults
This lesson plan will help you run a programme on the incredible flora of the Western Cape with communities or young people.
Lesson plan and presentation: structure of plants – Plant Appreciation Day (Grade 4)
Learn all about the structure of plants.
Lesson Plan: Biodiversity - Plants and Animals on Earth - Grade 5
This lesson plan deals with topics including biodiversity and the different plants and animals on Earth.
Marasmodes (Asteraceae, Anthemideae), the most threatened plant genus of the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa
South African Journal of Botany 111: 371-386. Magee, A.R., Ebrahim, I., Koopman, R. and Van Staden, L. 2017.
Presentation: Living Fossils - Cycads
Do we know what Cycads are? These ancient plants go as far back as the dinosaurs. Cycads are slow-growing plants but can live hundreds of years and resemble a palm or fern but are not related.
Quantifying errors and omissions in alien species lists The introduction status of Melaleuca species in SA as a case study
NeoBiota 32: 89-105. Jacobs, L.E.O., Richardson, D.M., Lepschi, B.J. and Wilson, J.R.U. 2017.
Radio clips: Interview with a Tree
Listen to these fun radio clips as kids interview a variety of trees on curriculum related topics in the 2020 and 2022 Arbor Day Interview with a Tree Competition. There are so many interesting things to learn about trees. Give it a try!
Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan Handbook
The Western Cape is the country’s leading exporter of agricultural commodities, is a province of outstanding natural beauty and a preferred destination for tourists and permanent residents alike. Towards ensuring the wise management of biodiversity priority areas and sustainable development within a growing economy, the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (CapeNature) has developed a province-wide Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan.
The Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan (WCBSP) is a spatial tool that comprises the Biodiversity Spatial Plan Map (BSP Map) of biodiversity priority areas, accompanied by contextual information and land use guidelines that make the most recent and best quality biodiversity information available for land use and development planning, environmental assessment and regulation, and natural resource management. The BSP Map covers both the terrestrial and freshwater realms, as well as major coastal and estuarine habitats. This Handbook presents the BSP Map and explains its development, describes important biodiversity features of the Western Cape, and presents a set of land use guidelines that should be used to effectively aid in conserving the biodiversity of the Western Cape. The BSP Map is the product of a systematic biodiversity planning approach that delineates Critical Biodiversity Areas and Ecological Support Areas, which require safeguarding to ensure the continued existence and functioning of species and ecosystems, including the delivery of ecosystem services.