Glencairn Vlei and Beach Simonstown

New environmental projects in Glencairn

We have six subjects being researched in the valley by University Students and Others:

1.    Clawless Otter by Nicola Okes [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ] cell 082961 9082

2.    Cat ranging behaviour by Koebraa Peters < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3.    Fish Data Base: Gary Beukman, [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ] Biodiversity Database Coordinator (intern), Nature Conservation South Office (Westlake depot), Tel: 021 713 0510  www.capetown.gov.za/environment

4.    Climate - Catherine Shutte - Tel: 082 355 3700  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it looking at the ecosystem in relation to various weather factors:  eg: Sunshine, Rain, Cloudcover & wind speed & Direction..

5.    Leopard Toads - Alison Faraday [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ] - Home 021 789 1364 - Cell 082 771 6232

6.    Ringing Birds to assess climate change by Phoebe Barnard < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >, – do let her know if you find ringed birds – date, species, etc

All would welcome input by residents.

 

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Welcome to G.E.E.S.E.

Thank you for visiting the GEESE website.

GEESE is the acronym for Glencairn Education & Environmental Support Enthusiasts, we are a group of people who are passionate about our vlei (valley) through which runs the River Els (Else) on its way into False Bay off the Cape Peninsula.
At times it seeps through a wetland (which was caused by man), only to form a river as it flows out into the sea, with water in it all the year round. The wetland was caused by the rail and road bridges over the Els River being built in the early 1900s on the Simon’s Town side of Glencairn Beach/Els Bay. This prevented the sea from flowing naturally and tidally up the river.

The wetland was declared a Nature Conservation Area by John Wiley, then MP for Simon’s Town, as is recorded on a rock where the Glen Road crosses the Els. There are a number of paths round the wetland, some being used by workers going to and from work, and all of them by walkers, many with their dogs.

We have two pans with different characteristics: the top one is the home of Moorhens who have raised two clutches this season, three lots of chicks in each, and the bottom, nearer the sea, is home for the Coots. There should be many more birds but there are two busy roads on either side which are inhibiting factors.