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Friends AGM 2018

  The Friends of Helderberg Nature Reserve hold their Annual General Meeting in the second week of May. All are welcome. Time: Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 17:30. Venue: the Mike Woods Environmental Education Centre in the Reserve. Agenda Welcome and Apologies Confirmation of Minutes of AGM held on 10 May 2017 Chairman’s Report Treasurer’s […]

Aliens in Retreat – February 2018

Given our current drought conditions I was almost hoping for a cancelled hack when it rained during the night. By the time we started to hack the rain was over, but we had received a welcome 16mm. It was probably just as well the rain didn’t stop the hacking because we had a very good […]

March 2018 News Bulletin

Membership of the Friends It’s time to renew your membership of the Friends which expires at the end of March. The good news is that the fees will remain the same, as does the procedure. All that will change is the colour of the sticker you will receive when you renew. For more info, click […]

November 2017 Newsletter

Want more info about the Nature Reserve and what we do? Download our newsletter, available in English and Afrikaans! Newsletter November 2017 email Nuusbrief November 2017 email

Sunset Concerts Season 2017/2018

Top South African Acts for this Year’s Incredible Line-Up The Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve are proud to announce our incredible line-up for the coming 2017/2018 summer sunset concerts series The Helderberg #SunsetConcerts series is an opportunity for music lovers to enjoy their favourite artists perform live in nature while contributing to the conservation […]

2017 Day and Night walks in the reserve

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN for the new season’s day and night walks in the reserve. The September/October walks are as follows. 23 September:   Night Walk (New Moon) starts 19:00 24 September:   Day Walk (Birds) starts 07:30 07 October:        Night Walk (Full Moon) starts 19:00 21 October:        Night Walk (New Moon) starts 19:00 29 October         Day […]

Wattling away….

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Trees down – let’s bring back the shade

Much of that lovely shade in the picnic areas of the Nature Reserve has gone, lost in the big storm. The Friends have made an urgent appeal for donations to their tree fund to allow new large trees to be bought and planted before the summer. Please see this extract from our newsletter with banking […]

All grown up…..

We spent most of this hack clearing a large patch of port jackson not far above the reservoir. These plants have grown more outward than upward and as a consequence are difficult to grab and remove with a tree popper. We used the poppers as a first line of attack and followed up with loppers […]

Aliens in Retreat!

  This was a pretty hot hack, the last of our early summer starts. We toiled under a blue sky and unrelenting sun and so sought shade for our tea break. A very suitable spot was occupied by a duiker. Surprised by our presence, it moved off – I imagine it was rather reluctant to […]