Glencairn Vlei and Beach Simonstown

Typha Tunnel Progress

A new Typha Bridge (Cilla likes to call them Typha Rafts)
Thank you Southern Right Hotel
The Southern Right Hotel has been collecting some money from their guests towards the Glencairn Wetland maintenance.  Recently Grete informed me that they had collected enough to pay for a new "Bridge" so the next day I was at the hotel, collected the money and was off to the Poleyard.  With Emmanuel and Mattheus we put together a new (shall we call it a "Raft"? - Salisbury Cathedral in the UK was built on Rafts sunk into the mud, as were many buildings in Amsterdam.)
Typha Raft
The new Raft was installed on the Peninsula (North side) of the vlei where the water is quite deep.  We struck a bit of a problem in that we couldn't get the poles on the shore-side as deep as we would have liked. That means that the Bridge needs a step to get onto it, and it also means that one has a nice view across the top of the typha reeds...  We now have two Rafts on the Glen Road (South) side of the Typha Tunnel and one on the Peninsula end.  One still needs gum boots to get across the Typha Tunnel in the wet winter months but if we could put in another three or four Rafts we would be smiling.
Hint! If you look back to the previous article you will see that the cost of a Bridge/Raft is about R500 if you would like to sponsor a "Raft"
We also have a new sign saying "To Typha Tunnel" on the "Playing Field" path:
Typha Tunnel Sign

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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.