18 December 2008
The Cape Town municipality has launched a user-friendly booklet to help residents and visitors find and explore the metropolitan area’s 24 nature reserves with ease.
City of Cape Town’s Julia Wood said the booklet was produced as many people were unaware that there were a number of small reserves and natural areas spread right across the city, which were all easily accessible to visitors.
The booklet contains at least one page on each of the reserves, with a photo, as well as details of opening hours, entry fees, activities at the reserve, and the types flora and fauna to be found there.
She added that while the booklet focused on 24 of the city’s reserves, it was also packed with other information, including management challenges associated with reserves and natural areas, and details of various conservation organisations.
“The contact details for the local friends’ groups associated with the nature reserves are included, and residents of Cape Town are encouraged to become actively involved by joining such groups,” Wood said in Cape Town this week.
Cape Floristic Region
Wood noted that more than 3.5-million people lived in Cape Town and within the Cape Floristic Region, and enormous pressure was being placed on the natural environment, with more and more land being used for housing and farming.
“The City of Cape Town, as the local government responsible for this region, is determined to preserve this biodiversity to meet national and local conservation targets through a Biodiversity Network, a representative set of sites with core conservation areas linked by corridors,” she said, adding that the municipality’s nature reserves formed an integral part of the network.
The booklet is available for R5 from the Rietvlei, Rondvlei and Helderberg Nature Reserves, as well as from the Botanical Society Bookshop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Alternatively, a free digital copy of the booklet, titled Cape Town Nature Reserves Booklet, can be downloaded from the City of Cape Town website.