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The Iris Family

The Iris Family

Image: Joan Keyter Rodney Moffett (Research associate, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UFS) contributing with a series of articles regarding the more interesting plants in the Clarens Village Conservancy. SOME OF THE MORE INTERESTING PLANTS IN THE CLARENS VILLAGE...

Why are our snakes a little more active, nowadays?

Why are our snakes a little more active, nowadays?

They are feasting before the big fast! During winter they do not eat at all or if they do, very little. This explains why they are stuffing themselves now and why we are seeing them more often prior to winter. They are hunting to build up fat reserves and then they...

Gladiolus saundersii, Welcome

Gladiolus saundersii, Welcome

Saunders' Gladiolus, also known as the Lesotho Lily, is not often seen in our immediate area, on the contrary! Rodney Moffat, an honorary research fellow of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State, now living in Clarens, says he often sees...

It is time for the annual migration

It is time for the annual migration

The Pioneer White butterfly recently flew through our Village to who knows where The white butterflies just went through our village again. According to Professor Marcus Byrne from the school of animal, plant and environmental sciences at Wits University this is an...

A Rambler’s Notes

A Rambler’s Notes

From the archives of Patsy Millin - June 2006 The native Rhus aromatica bush has lovely fall colour."There are differing opinions, as always, on the approaching winter, very cold, not so cold, much snow, not snow etc., but one of the joys is watching the way plants...

Peter Millin Bridge

Peter Millin Bridge

Peter and Patsy settled in Clarens during 1990. Peter is well known for his articles about birds which got published in several magazines over the years whilst Patsy often published her own delightful commentary known as A Rambler's Note Around Clarens.When you hike...

Here’s to all the fine feathers

Here’s to all the fine feathers

From the archive of Peter Millin Fertilizing our worldRumours abound where birds are concerned. For instance, the word for bird in Zulu is ingonyi, while the Sesotho  and Tswana call it ngonyani. Translating directly into the English and you arrive at fattening! How...

Only when it takes over

Declaring war against the invading Robinias. The invasive Robinia tree has recently taken over big areas in our Clarens Nature reserve, particularly in the Titanic area, and in the valley below the Scilla and Maluti View trails. The CVC decided to use extra casual...

ERICA, oftewel heide

Rodney Moffett (Research associate, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UFS) contributing with a series of articles regarding the more interesting plants in the Clarens Village Conservancy. SOME OF THE MORE INTERESTING PLANTS IN THE CLARENS VILLAGE CONSERVANCY. No. 3 Laat my...

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