Dear friends of FOSTER…what a spring it’s been… in spite of the drought and the incessant strong winds, the flowers have been magnificent!
Dave Bowmer, (our Committee person responsible for reserve maintenance) is so passionate about the fynbos he was determined to get the public out into the reserves to see our amazing spring flower display. Generously assisted by The Cape St Francis Resort, he created ‘The Pennywhistle Wild Flower Chase’. It started at The Resort with a live display of local blooms and a slide show then ended with a trip to his special spots in the reserves to witness nature in her awe-inspiring, spring colours.
This was so successful, it was repeated twice while the flowers lasted and will definitely be repeated next year!
However, the drought, coupled with all these strong winds and the heat of summer approaching, makes us very concerned about the fire hazard. Our firebreaks need to be meticulously maintained and all aliens removed…and of course this costs money. We’ve had a wonderful surge in membership and many generous donations but…membership subs fall due again in January 2018…please continue to support us.
Membership fees…R200 per person or R300 per family.
Plus…all donations over R300 are tax deductible!
Bank details: Friends of St Francis Nature Areas,
FNB Branch 210115, Acc 62179531598 (use surname as reference)
or go to:
A New Trail
We have a fabulous new Trail…’The Craggs’
Walk along the beach towards Shark Point, past Shelley Beach…
…you’ll see two red poles that mark the start of a clearly demarcated trail taking you upwards
…to steep, beachrock ledges or craggs that the trail is named after. At the top there are spectacular views of both bays
When you come down and walk onto the mobile dune fields, towards Cape St Francis, there are some rocks a little way off to the left that have been exposed by this last prolonged spell of strong winds revealing all sorts of interesting features that are seldom visible.
Look out for the very rare Heliophila linearis var reticulate that can be seen along the way.
Our camera traps have shown fewer buck in the last couple of months. We hope this is because they are moving out to the lush new vegetation appearing in the fire ravaged areas.
We’ve watched a juvenile bushbuck ram grow and start moving off on his own.
See him and other videos and photos on our website (www.foster.org.za/gallery) or Facebook page
There are some lovely daytime photos of Caracal and the porcupines are busy as ever.
Here are more stunning bird pics from Gregg Darling.
The Olive Bush Shrike is very vocal at the moment with his fluid trill…but shy and difficult to spot.
The Diedericks Cuckoo is back… loudly announcing that summer is here.
Our majestic Jackal buzzards who wheel and soar and glide over the reserves.
This is a depressing story…we are in trouble. With the holiday season just starting, we need every person to do her/his bit in adhering to restrictions and being responsible.
AUG 219mm Av 109mm
SEPT 60mm Av 60mm
OCT 47mm Av 68mm
NOV 84 mm Av 70mm
Year to date 679mm Av 790mm
(Thanks Willie Uys)
AUG 182mm Av 82mm
SEPT 58mm Av 55mm
OCT 33mm Av 68mm
NOV 59mm Av 73mm
(Thanks Bart Logie)
These figures don’t look so bad but there has been very little in the catchment areas resulting in dismal dam levels…
Churchill Dam: 20.4%
Impofu Dam: 48.94%
Kouga Dam: 13.42%
Loerie Dam: 24.82%
(Thanks Chris Cowling)
The only dam that has significantly increased is Churchill. This is because of good rains we had in the Langkloof.
We will not be holding the traditional FOSTER FUN RUN/WALK this year.
The good news is…
The CSF Resort has offered to hold a FOSTER TRAIL RUN/WALK on our usual calendar spot…28th December…and donate the proceeds to FOSTER. The format will be slightly different and improved, will still take you through the reserves and be just as much family fun!
We are very grateful…please support this!
Details will be well advertised closer to the time.
Some surprise and huge jubilation was expressed by the Thyspunt Alliance and most of the St Francis residents in response to the news that Government has opted to site the next nuclear project in the Western Cape at Duynefontein, instead of Thyspunt.
Huge accolades must go to the members of the Thyspunt Alliance who fought this battle with all the skills, energy and sheer determination they could find, for so long…we are forever indebted to you for your perseverance!
Until just days before the announcement, there were still mixed messages being broadcast by Gigaba ‘We can’t afford it’ and Deputy Energy Minister ‘we’re ready for nuclear in the eastern Cape’.
We can only hope sanity prevails and the whole idea will be scrapped altogether.
For Greenpeace and other anti-nuclear organisations, the fight isn’t over.
All membership fees are due in January 2018
Our membership runs from January to January
R200 per person or R250 for family or corporate membership.
We are a registered Public Benefit Organisation – donations over R300 are tax deductible and we will issue the relevant receipt.
All funds go to the reserves and Outreach
Our audited Financial Statements can be seen attached to the Chairman’s Report on our website…click here
When paying, please show your name and a postal address to which we can post your certificate.
Details here (http://foster.org.za/contact-us/membership/
FOSTER Bank details:
Friends of St Francis Nature Areas
First National Bank, Humansdorp – Code 210115
Acc No 621 795 315 98
Membership list for 2017 here