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Bird walks

IMG 0443Bird walks hosted by Hon. Rangers are held on the first Saturday of the month. Details of the next walk here

Alien plant of the month

Tree of the month

Red Ivory

December 2017

Red Ivory (Berchemia zeyheri)

All featured Trees

Even in this very dry season, the Prickly Pear (Opuntia stricta) keeps growing.  It is being partially controlled by the Moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) but this bio-control does not keep the plant from flowering and producing fruit and seeds.  The Honorary Rangers work on an ongoing basis, cultivating the Cochineal Bug and putting this form of bio-control on the bushes.  The bio-control does not usually completely kill its food source but keeps it small and under stress so that it does not flower.

The procedure is as follows:  The cladodes that are ready - that have a lot of white cochineal bugs on them - are cut and put into boxes.  They are transported to areas that have Prickly Pear growing.  Some of the bushes are cut to be used in the shed and a suitable size cladode is placed on the bush.  The bugs will transfer to the bush.  The fresh, green cladodes are then placed in the shed and old dry cladodes with the bug on them are placed on the top to continue the propagation.

Here are photos of Graeme, Joce and Tholani (Junior) a conservation student, working this morning on the above project."

The pictures have notations on them explaining the process. Property owners can be encouraged to let the Honorary Rangers know of areas where there is a lot of Prickly Pear.  Graeme Altenkirk is heading this project and can be contacted on 0824688357.



waterconservationmission200wConservation in Marloth Park: Our Primary Concern

Our primary concern as Honorary Rangers is the well-being
and long-term survival of Marloth Park as a
viable nature Conservancy.

To achieve this, we must

   •  Manage the veldt    and    •  Manage the Wildlife

All property Owners bear a responsibility to care for their own properties and
ensure that everyting we do encourages the well-being of the veldt
and therefore the animals.

On this website there are articles describing how we can best ensure
that we keep the veldt natural and the animals wild.

 Hon Rangers Monthly Advice Veldt and Game Management
 Look after your own property Feeding during drought
Marloth Park - our wonderland All about the Veldt

Honorary Rangers together with the property Ownders Association and
the Marlothii Conservancy have formed a FORUM in order to present
a unified approach to the management of the Veldt and the animals.

Read about the Forum and the MPPOA 5-Point Plan

Alien Plant Brochure

A Property Owner's Guide to Conserve Indigenous Flora

See the new Guide to the Alien Plants of Marloth Park here

2017 AGM Report and Minutes

Read the Chief Honorary Ranger's Report for 2016 here
and the Minutes of the AGM held on 17th january 2017 here

Bush snippets 

and other news here

Our vision

hrOur vision is to support and assist the Nkomazi Municipality Conservation Department within Marloth Park with their management strategies and objectives while being an effective volunteer group. 
Read a brief  History of Honorary Rangers and the Conservancy

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