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TC Robertson Nature Reserve, Scottburgh, South Coast, Southern Kwa-Zulu Natal.
On October 16 1989, a small group of conservation-minded Scottburgh residents met informally to discuss the possibility of transforming a 20 Ha strip of land on the south bank of the Mpambanyoni River owned by the local borough into a nature reserve. It was named in honour of Dr TC Robertson, one of South Africa’s pioneers in the field of conservation who lived the last 16 years of his life in Scottburgh. Sir Lourens van der Post, a friend, agreed to be patron of the project, as did several other prominent South African personalities.
Committee members, local residents and school children, with the assistance from the Borough Council, set about clearing large tracts of land of alien vegetation and builder’s rubble. Funds were raised to employ a labour gang to complete the initial target. In August 1990, Roy Broderick was employed to develop this small but valuable reserve. To date the southern and western boundaries of the reserve have been fenced. A self-guided trail has been laid out through the coastal forest, palmveld and grasslands along the wetlands and riverine floodplain. 80 species of indigenous trees have been identified and named and several hundred more were donated and planted in rehabilitated areas. Grasslands have been restored. The eradication of alien plants continues. The Natal Branch of the Wildlife Society of Southern Africa has adopted the project. What was once an overgrown, rubble-strewn wasteland has been transformed into an attractive nature reserve – a wildlife oasis on the outskirts of one of the most popular resorts on the South Coast. Features:
• It has become a popular picnic and braai venue for those interested in spending a pleasant day in the country.
• It is just a 10 minute walk from the beach area in Scottburgh
• 180 bird species spotted to date. Grey and blue duiker often seen.
• The 10-km coastal trail is popular with those interested coastal trees.
• The wildflowers are attractive in spring
• Lovely views over the forest and floodplain of the Mpambanyoni River.
• Boy Scouts enjoy camping in the reserve as toilet facilities, drinking water and numerous permanent braai sites allow them time to enjoy the trails and the wildlife.
Scottburgh is on the N2 south of Durban, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N3. AZTCRob
Contct: Web: www.wildlifesociety.co.za
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Author: Alan McIver
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