Successful field trip with Hannes Marais
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A great day out in the open learning about wetlands—and more. A group of 14 had the privilege of spending most of Saturday 5th November 2022 in the company of wetland ecologist Hannes Marais. Although the forecast was dire, the … Read More

What is a wetland? An ecologist explains
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Jon Sweetman, Penn State Wetlands are areas of land that are covered by water, or have flooded or waterlogged soils. They can have water on them either permanently or for just part of the year. Whether it’s year-round or seasonal, … Read More

Common—but oh so beautiful
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The African Yellow Pansy butterfly is one of the most commonly seen lepidoptera at Verloren Valei, but that should not distract us from its intrinsic beauty. The African Yellow Pansy or Geel Gesiggie (Junonia hierta cebrene) is a common and … Read More

Verloren Valei pays tribute to Magaduza Makuwa
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Mr Makuwa leaves behind a proud legacy of service to conservation in the Steenkampsberg. At a function on 26 August 2022, Verloren Valei bade farewell to Magaduza Makuwa, who has retired after 42 years on the reserve, where he served … Read More

Escarpment Bird Club: Summer 2022 programme
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The Escarpment Bird Club, a corporate members of Friends of Verloren Valei, has announced its programme for Summer 2022. Download the full programme. Download the programme for an event on 17 September 2022.

The three (white) sisters of Verloren Valei
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Three white Disa orchids are Verloren Valei specials, although infrequently seen. By Gerrit van Ede There are three Disas found on Verloren Valei that are basically white with some spots. While they are specials on the Reserve, they are not … Read More

An elusive skolly
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Infrequently observed at Verloren Valei, the Basuto Skolly or Basuto magpie has a somewhat disreputable reputation, as its name implies. By Justin Bode Thestor basutus, Basuto Skolly or Basoetoe Skollie, is the most widely distributed species in its genus. While … Read More

Crane conservation efforts paying off in KwaZulu-Natal
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Recently published research shows that sustained and targeted efforts in conservation can reverse adverse trends – no doubt aided by nature’s astonishing power to regenerate itself, given half a chance. Cranes are a subject close to the heart of Friends … Read More