Alien Invasive Weed Control
Environmental Rehabilitation Specialist
weed control and ecosystem management at Mount Moreland Conservancy for
the owner Dube Tradeport in mostly sensitive wetland as well as prime
coastal forest where the knowledge of our local indigenous plants and
the sensitivities of the natural ecosystem are of prime importance.
of this site is an internationally recognized Important Bird Area.
Very careful use
of suitable herbicides at the lowest possible dose rates has been
undertaken to ensure the minimum of collateral damage to the natural
consideration has been taken to do the very least disturbance to the vast numbers of Barn swallows (Hirindo rustica) that roost in the
reed beds during their summer migration to South Africa as well as the natural habitat that is the home
to a large population of bush buck, bush pig, blue duiker, water,
banded, slender and grey mongoose, spotted gennet, many frog species
including the endangered Pickersgill Reed Frog (Hyperolius pickersgilli) and a vast
number of birds including Black Rumped Button Quail (Turnix nanus) and other creatures.
While working in
this area a number of plants that are either rare or are seldom
encountered in this area have been found such as Begonia homonyma
Tremendous care must be exercised in particular in the summer months not to disturb birds nests.
Dark-Capped Bulbul Pycnonotus tricolor nest in weeds at Mount Moreland Conservancy
Dark-Capped Bulbul Pycnonotus tricolor chicks in their nest in weeds at Mount Moreland Conservancy