This is a facility for members of WESSA, The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, who are linked to its Durban Branch. Here we post current developments, show photos of our activities, and take in comments from the WESSA membership.
We have posted an additional picture to show how great a problem Litsea is as an invasive. Very little else can compete. It is best to remove Litsea before it sets seed and becomes a food source for birds and spreads far and wide. Litsea glutinosa (commonly known as the Indian Laurel, Indiese lourier or ukwatapheya-mbumbulu), is self seeding in huge numbers in warmer sections of KZN.
Friends of Pigeon Valley recently benefited by attending an Invasive Alien Plant workshop, arranged for Conservancies (or those who conserve), by eThekwini's Biodiversity Planning, Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department. Ecogaurd who supply herbicide, demonstrated the use and application of Plenum. Groups left with an amazing 'goodie bag' of supplies which we imagine will last us well in to the coming months. Honourable chairman Crispin Hemson and able helpers Andile Mkhize and Lunga Maphumulo demonstrated the use of the Tree Popper device in a Litsea glutinosa 'forest' during the lunch break.
The Umhlanga Branch of the Wildlife & Environment Society of SA (WESSA) offer the monthly guided walk in the Hawaan Forest owned by Tongaat-Hulett Ltd. It will begin at 08h00 and a donation to the Society would be appreciated. This is not a strenuous walk and will last approx. 3 hours. Please meet at the corner of Portland and Herald Drives, Umhlanga Rocks. Contact Phoebe Carnegie 031-566 4018 or Allister Starke 076145 6896