Glencairn Vlei and Beach Simonstown

Conservation status for Glencairn Vlei?

The City of Cape Town is considering affording conservation protection to certain city parks. Icluded in the list is Glencairn Vlei.

The purpose of the report is "to detail the way forwrd with regards the acquisition of some form of conservation protection for the important biodiversity sites under the jurisdiction of City Parks. This report will also deal with the City Parks sites listed in Cllr Raymond's motion in April 2010. These sites are; Zoarvlei, Raapenberg, Rondebosch Common, Lourens River PNE and Glencairn Wetlands."

Potentially good news for Glencairn Vlei... Download the report as a pdf document here.

 

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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.