On Friday 15 July 2016 Steve Gildenhuys brought a group of Cape Peninsula University of Technology students who were already in the field of conservation and busy with the 1st or 2nd year of their B Tech Nature Conservation course, to the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve to experience Landscape Scale Conservation.
Their stops included:
- De Rust Contract Nature Reserve and Biodiversity Corridor, where Dr Paul Cluver and Alison Green (Groenlandberg Conservancy Chairperson) discussed the benefits of stewardship as well as a range of successful interventions currently underway;
- Rooisand Nature Reserve, where they looked at the Bot/Kleinmond Estuarine System and the proposed Ramsar site as well as a planned biodiversity corridor from Mt Horeb PA, Arabella Phase 2 Reactive Stewardship site, Rooisand NR and the estuary;
- The KBRC Office in Kleinmond, where acting office manager Hannah Griffiths gave each one a much appreciated ‘goodie-bag’;
- Oudebos (Kogelberg Nature Reserve), where Mark Johns gave an informative account of what managing the core of the Biosphere Reserve was all about; and
- Stony Point Penguin Colony, where Cuan McGeorge was on hand to discuss management of the Marine Protected Areas and the Biosphere Reserve Marine Core as well as the plight of the African penguin.
Steve says in view of the amount of interest and enthusiasm shown by the students, discussions are underway to make this a bi-annual event. Maybe another factor that contributed to the success of the day was that the group travelled in the Stormers Team Bus!