Green Futures Conservation relates to our conservation research programmes.

These include award-winning ecological research projects, biodiversity surveys and management of human-wildlife conflict within a protected environment.

PROTECTED ENVIRONMENT PROJECT

Our focus is to create a statutorily binding Protected Environment within the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. The preparatory groundwork includes a floral and faunal survey to determine high priority conservation areas of greatest biodiversity, close interaction with conservation partners and consultation with landowners.

This will provide long term conservation solutions within the Walker Bay region, protecting vegetation types threatened by the spread of exotic invasive tree species, illegal ploughing for agriculture, over-harvesting of wild flowers and too frequent fires.

ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

We strive to eradicate alien vegetation in the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy to protect indigenous diversity, protect our natural water sources and rivers, manage wildfire risk, and to provide employment.

Exotic invasive tree species are cleared from Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and surrounding properties of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy.

ENTOMOLOGICAL SURVEY

The Green Futures Conservation Team embarked on the first entomological survey at Grootbos in 2018 to grow our knowledge of the insect species on Grootbos and the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy.

General insect surveying is coupled with determining pollinators associated with specific fynbos species and determining the impact of fire on insect species assemblages and densities

WALKER BAY FYNBOS CONSERVANCY

The Grootbos Foundation works closely with property owners and stakeholders throughout the Walker Bay region to preserve the surrounding unique biodiversity. In 1999 the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy was created to actively protect the region’s fynbos.

The Conservancy includes almost 20 000 hectares, and works to further the conservation of fauna and flora in the region.

FIRE MANAGEMENT

Green Futures Conservation team is responsible for fire management at Grootbos and assists by developing fire management plans throughout the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. Fire is a natural part of the Fynbos biome and critical for the germination and regeneration of some species.

Closely linked to Alien Vegetation Clearing, fire management ensures that summer wildfires are manageable and do not destroy delicate eco-systems by burning hotter and faster than nature intended.

Through planning, we are also able to reduce the risk to infrastructure in the event of a wildfire, which ensures long-term eco-tourism within the region.

FAUNAL SURVEY

Understanding the wildlife that occurs throughout the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy and surrounding areas, requires the Green Futures Conservation Team to build relationships with landowners of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy to encourage environmentally friendly land-use practices.

The faunal survey uses motion sensor cameras to identify and maintain a protected environment that links areas throughout the landscape for the natural movement of wildlife, pollinators and seed dispersers.

Camera footage is used to build compassion and for educational purposes.

FUTURE TREES

In 2006 a devastating fire destroyed large areas of ancient Milkwood forest found on Grootbos. The Future Trees Project was created with the aim of rehabilitating the afflicted areas, as well as other unique forested sections on the reserve. Our innovative approach is to use the earliest aerial photographs (1937) from the region to develop our planting plan to restore forests to resemble their previous incarnations. The trees used are grown in our own nursery to ensure local genetic sources are maintained.

Indigenous trees, including White Milkwood, White Stinkwood, Pock Ironwood and Wild Olive are propagated in our indigenous nursery. Since 2008 we have planted 3310 indigenous trees through the programme. In 2013 we planted 385 – more than one a day!

If you would like to donate money towards a tree planting (R350 per tree) please click here.