New light on the Cisticola

A recent paper suggests that the Pale-Crowned Cisticola is not quite as rare as previously supposed. The Pale-Crowned Cisticola is part of a large group of small brown birds that inhabit grasslands in both the high- and lowvelds—the classic LBJ … Read More

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Orchid optimists

Several species of orchids found at Verloren Valei flower before the summer rains fall, thus acting as true harbingers of spring—effectively risking the “capital” they built up during the previous season on the expectation that the rains will come. Most … Read More

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Mining and wetlands: Uneasy bedfellows

Mining poses severe threats to wetlands in particular. Unfortunately, Verloren Valei is situated in an area rich in minerals. We need to be alive to the dangers, particularly as illegal mining operations are becoming more common. Without water there would … Read More

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Warren’s Blue’s last stand

Over 90 species of butterflies have been recorded at Verloren Valei—and it is the only place the rare Warren’s Blue occurs. More proof, if any were needed, of the pivotal role this small reserve plays in preserving South Africa’s biodiversity. … Read More

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