Botterblom Park Nature Reserve

Botterblom Park Nature Reserve - Southern Africa : To document the biodiversity of this little park. Botterblom Nature Reserve ADDRESS: Botterblom Road, Vierlanden, Durbanville Direction map SIZE: 3.6 hectares E-MAIL: [email protected] Botterblom Nature Reserve conse

To document the biodiversity of this little park.

Botterblom Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: Botterblom Road, Vierlanden, Durbanville Direction map

SIZE: 3.6 hectares

E-MAIL: [email protected]

Botterblom Nature Reserve conserves the Critically Endangered Swartland Silcrete Renosterveld. The vegetation is in an excellent condition. Numerous threatened plant species occur on this 3,2 ha site, including Aspalathus aculeata, Pauridia minuta, Phylica strigulosa and Xiphotheca reflexa.

The vegetation is characterised by an open, low, cupressoid-leaved and small-leaved, low to moderately tall shrubland with many succulents, dominated by renosterbos. Soils with prismacutanic and/or pedocutanic diagnostic horizons or plinthic catena are dominant.
Fire has been excluded from the site for some time, and this has resulted in the vegetation becoming senescent (old). The use of fire is therefore a critical component of the management of Botterblom Nature Reserve.

Preliminary lists of species have been done, but no detailed faunal or flora surveys:

While the reserve is small, the vegetation is in very good condition and extremely species-rich. Preliminary surveys have identified 106 species, with 14 being listed as threatened or near-threatened

Due to the small size of the area and the relative ecological isolation, it is expected that only smaller mammal species will persist on site. Hystrix africaeaustralis (Porcupine) has been recorded .

A total of 38 bird species for the area has been recorded historically by the Tygerberg Bird Club through bird ringing

A few reptile species have been recorded on the site to date. These include Homopus areolatus (Parrotbeaked Tortoise) and Duberria lutrix (Common Slug-eater)

There are no lists of other species - no amphibians, fish or invertebrates.

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21 Dec 2015
Tony Rebelo