WHAT IS FOSTER?
We are a group of volunteers who take care of 132ha nature areas between St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis which form a network linking St Francis Bay in the east to Rocky Coast Farm in the west.
Together with SCOSS (St Francis Coastal Open Space System), FOSTER has waged a long and hard battle to get these areas proclaimed and ensure the long term protection of our unique fynbos areas and the endangered plants and animals they support.
WHAT DOES FOSTER DO?
Our main task is to maintain and safeguard the natural heritage that our nature areas represent. This involves removal of alien vegetation, creation and maintenance of trails, snare removal, creating awareness through publicity and outreach programmes and vigorously opposing threats of any kind to the reserves. Of course all these things cost money and we are constantly trying to raise the funds to continue. We encourage people to become members to give the organisation credibility when challenging threats to our nature areas.
WHAT HAS FOSTER ACHIEVED?
Using funds successfully applied for and received from a dedicated WWF fund, all invasive, alien vegetation has been removed from the nature areas. Together with SCOSS we have established a network of three nature areas which link the far northern point with Rocky Coast Farm and includes the Irma Booysen, Seal Point and Seal Bay reserves.
A 15km network of trails has been created and is constantly being maintained and upgraded. A map (with GPS co-ordinates!) has been created to allow people to enjoy the beauty of nature on foot or cycle. We raised R40 000 ( also from a dedicated fund) for informative signage along the paths.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Become a member ! and encourage other residents, property owners and fans of the greater St Francis area to do the same.
Make a donation or sweet talk your rich and famous relatives into doing the same. We are totally dependent on membership and donations for our very existence and are hugely grateful to those who continue to support us. We are a Public Benefit Organisation and donations are tax deductible.
Join a hack group…we organise these from time to time to do clean-ups along the coast or for other once-off tasks.