Glencairn Vlei and Beach Simonstown
It seems only yesterday that GEESE were asking for your help and something like 40 people most generously turned up and donated their 67 Madiba minutes to GEESE, cutting down alien vegetation in Glencairn. And we thank you most sincerely. We were young and old — our oldest participant being a few weeks older than Madiba, himself! See the attached Group photo and the second photo showing Joan Wright!
And now we need your help again, please ...................! Next Saturday, 18th September, is the 25th International Coastal Cleanup Day and GEESE have been asked to participate yet again. And so if you would like to be part of the world wide effort do join us! It helps to come equipped with tongs and/or gloves but GEESE will provide the bags. We will be operating from 09.00 to 10.30 on Friday 17th and again on Saturday 18th, meeting outside the Southern Right Hotel. From there, people will be directed out to clean the beach, the river and the wetland and so, after the two days, we hope Glencairn will be spotless! And long may it stay that way! You will be rewarded by Coffee, Tea and Snacks, thanks to the ever generous support of the Southern Right Hotel.
A little back ground from Phoebe Barnard — Many of you may have followed the quirky, fascinating recent voyage of David de Rothschild, Olav Heyerdahl and their mates on the catamaran “Plastiki,” made of 12,000 plastic water bottles. They sailed this plastic boat across the Pacific to draw attention to the vast, appalling volumes of indestructible plastic debris in the world’s oceans (http://www.theplastiki.com/), including the “North Pacific Garbage Patch” estimated to be ‘at least twice the size of Texas.’ So please stop using bottled water and plastics as much as you can. This stuff is truly the scourge of the 20th century, with which societies of the 21st and 22nd centuries will still be battling in terms of human health risks, waste management and biodiversity loss (e.g. already threatened seabirds dying from ingesting plastics). Evaluate the packaging of what you are buying and what that packaging cost in terms of the carbon footprint. How do we buy our milk? In a Tetra Pack (difficult to recycle), a plastic bag - ?recyclable or a plastic bottle (recyclable) — which is the best way to go?
Does anyone know anything about our laat lammetjie Egyptian Goose Gosling that appeared last Saturday 11th ? The third attached photo shows parents, two teenage goslings and on the right, a tiny little chick. Did someone find it and introduce it to its foster parents? It certainly seems to be part of the family and coping well despite the age difference!
Great excitement! Leopard Toads have been breeding in the Glencairn Valley this year! This was reported by observant Welcome Glen residents. Have you seen or heard the toads? Have you found anything intereseting? Do share it with us your sightings so we can build up a data base of who and what lives in the Glencairn Valley - snakes, toads, bird lists, plants, animals. Nothing is insignificant!
Wetland Wardens - we are still having trouble with thoughtless dog walkers and fishermen who leave their dog poo and fishing line with hooks behind. Also some dog owners allow their dogs in the water which frightens the birds. Please help to stop these blatant law breakers – offer them a bag or point them in the direction of the signs.
Other dates for your Diaries
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 1st, 2nd & 3rd October Penguin Festival at Boulders Beach – watch the press for details.
Wednesday 17th November - Western Cape Wetlands Forum is holding its last meeting of the year, in Glencairn – a first for everyone! Among other things, they will be looking at the eradication of Typha Project being undertaken by GEESE in front of the Southern Right Hotel. Space limited but observers welcomed.
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