Thursday, July 16, 2009
Flooded former Rietvlei, Cape woodland.
The birds in our garden have been breeding since before the shortest day in the year, 26 June 2009.
It is freezing cold and there is snow on the mountains.
This is the first time that I see birds breeding in mid winter.
Is this mid winter breeding a reaction to all the alien trees being removed from our area in such a way that we are having seasons without any high vegetation on our floodplains?
Do the birds have to spread their breeding throughout the year so that each one gets a chance to nest?
Perhaps the birds know about a looming natural disaster that we are not aware of?
Whatever the case, while we are destroying the lung (woods) of Cape Town in an attempt to save, what we perceive as being the natural vegetation ( At some stage of the global history), in such a way that no consideration is given to birds and animals who settled in the woodlands of the area, life is struggling to go on.
Together with the plant species that we are trying to save, many birds are also becoming endangered and leaving their normal habitats.
For some reason we seem to be concentrating on removing the alien trees at the expense of all other mammals and wildlife who habitats our wetlands.
We seem to be introducing sand-veld (fynbos) vegetation into an area that lies below the flood-plain.
When the water rises, there are nowhere for animals and birds to go. There is nothing for them to climb onto.
Snakes are driven into domestic dwellings.
Larger animals that are stopped by fences just drown.
The motives behind the conservation efforts are good throw.
What is being done is done to save our plant species.
I just question the wisdom behind how it is being done.
I understand the removal of alien trees, but I do not understand why indigenous trees are not being replaced.
We have been removing alien trees since 2002. Today in 2009, while the rest of the world is planting trees, we are still removing trees without replacing them.
Is it one big conservation folly?
Poor little tortoises.
This Table Mountain view is beautiful if we forget that it once hid behind a woodland.