Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve

Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve - Southern Africa : To document the flora on this little remnant and get more people interested in it. Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve is about 10 ha of Critically Endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos. It is on the lower western foothills of the Tygerberg, being almost exclu

To document the flora on this little remnant and get more people interested in it.

Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve is about 10 ha of Critically Endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos. It is on the lower western foothills of the Tygerberg, being almost exclusively flat, deep acid sands, underlain at depth by Malmesbury Shales.
There are two natural seasonal wetlands – one in the centre and one in the SE - with a manmade wetland on the E edge.
It is a stepping stone linking Plattekloof Heritage Site and Tygerberg Hills.

Historically the site was aggressively and regularly mowed. It was regarded as an eyesore, with a reputation for harbouring vagrants, dumping, stripping of stolen goods, and used for illegal quad bike and 4x4 activities. It is now managed as a satellite reserve to the Tygerberg Nature Reserve. Currently recreational activities encouraged include hiking, running, sightseeing, picnicking, photography, nature appreciation, dog walking (to be phased out when fauna are re-introduced) and bird-watching. Friends of the Tygerberg Hills (FoTH) have been assisting Tygerberg Nature Reserve staff in the management of the site, and have formed a small residents working group for the site.

To date 90 plant species have been recorded, including 7 threatened Red List species.

Sources:
https://www.capetown.gov.za/en/EnvironmentalResourceManagement/Pages/NatureReserve.aspx#bothasig
https://www.google.co.za/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiHjKTp5cHKAhWFtRoKHYYpByAQFggoMAI&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.capetown.gov.za%2Fen%2FDocuments%2FReserves%2FBFNR_IRMP_final_draft_01_2011.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHd6p7WlAACNw2bFHR...
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23 Jan 2016
Tony Rebelo