A big shout out to the Stellenbosch University honours students from the Biology department, who joined The Friends of the Helderberg for the hack on Saturday (14 May).
17 students plus Prof Sophie von der Heyden (and her daughter) joined the regular hack team.
The focus of the hacks at the moment is the removal of new alien vegetation growing where the controlled burn was carried out last year at the Helderberg Nature Reserve. The area was scattered with protea seeds and these plants, as well as others from the existing seed bank are slowly getting established. The alien seedlings are however racing ahead to take over the area.
Our regular hacks attempt to control the alien plants, giving the fynbos the time and space to settle in. If you are interested in joining these monthly Saturday morning hacks, keep an eye on our website or facebook page for details, or contact James Silberbauer at email@example.com for more information. You don’t need any special skills – just a willingness to help protect our beautiful Reserve.