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Clearing invasive floral species to protect the indigenous species (South Africa)
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality
Oct 1 2021 - Oct 1 2022
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We would love fellows to come to the farm and assist with clearing the alien and invasive species. This involves cutting the species down and applying a herbicide or removing the species completely (removing the roots). Then burn the cut vegetation or removing it from the property. Tools, gloves etc. will be supplied.Accommodation Fellows can stay on the farm (in a spare room) for 1 or 2 nights over a weekend (Friday and/or Saturday) and make a small contribution towards food and accommodation. This contribution will be used towards the maintenance and upkeep of the VBA. Alternatively, fellows can stay elsewhere and come on a Saturday and/or Sunday and work alongside us to become familiar with what is required. It is possible to assist for longer.
- Fellows spend time in nature and actively participate in its preservation.
- Fellows will learn about the indigenous vegetation (e.g. Aloe Ferox, Euphorbia, African Olive, Cat thorn, Fever Tea, Red Num Num etc.).
- Fellows will learn about South African bird species; a 100 different species have been recorded on the farm. (e.g. African Fish Eagle, Black-collared Barbet, Mocking Cliff Chat, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Crowned Hornbill, Greater Double- collared Sunbird etc.).
- Fellows will learn about African honeybees (there are beehives on the farm).
The farm is accessible via a gravel road which is in fairly good condition but not suitable for very low lying vehicles.
You must love dogs (there are 3 dogs on the farm). And be aware that there are beehives (in case of bee allergy) and due to the natural environment you may encounter snakes, spiders etc.
It can be wet & muddy after rain and dry & dusty on sunny days. It is best to wear a long sleeve t-shirt/jersey/jacket, long pants and closed shoes.
The happening takes place on a beautiful ranch of 32 acres.
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