Dr Nicola Bergh (Compton Herbarium, Kirstenbosch) & MSc student Ms Zaynab Shaik (University of Cape Town) visited us to sample the genus Seriphium (syn. Stoebe), as part of a national survey of the variation within the S. vulgaris/plumosus complex. We have a particular large and unusual form which is confined to the escarpment, which they had not seen before and wanted to sample.
Adriaan Jordaan (University of the Free State) spent his penultimate field survey fortnight at Buffelskloof this month before writing up his Master’s thesis on the ecology of his studies adders. Each snake is tagged electronically with a unique code and re-released in exactly the same spot as it was caught. A hand-held scanner indicates whether a snake has been recorded before.