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Clearing invasive floral species to protect the indigenous species (South Africa)

Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Oct 1 2021 - Oct 1 2022

08.00 – 16.00 hrs Every Saturday and Sunday



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Monique Weschta


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The story behind...

It’s time to conserve the biodiversity and natural character of the Valhalla Biodiversity Area. We will do this by sustainably clearing alien and invasive species (e.g. lantana, syringa, guava and prickly pear) so that we protect the indigenous species and the water source (dam) to preserve the buffels thicket ecosystem. The long term vision is to create an environment where people can learn about this natural environment (fauna and flora); to offer educational walks through the forest and around the farm and to create a space for people to connect with nature (eco-tourism). The Valhalla Biodiversity Area (VBA) is a privately-owned biodiversity area located within the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality. The property is in close proximity to the Nahoon River and approximately 10 Km north of East London. The VBA covers a total of 32.46 Ha. The VBA conserves a relatively intact area of the poorly protected buffels thicket ecosystem type and contributes towards the conservation of a critical biodiversity area. The region hosts a rich history dating back to at least 124 000 years based on humanoid footprint specimens found at Nahoon Point. The nomadic San people, known as Khoisan hunter-gatherers, are believed to be the earliest inhabitants of the area followed by the amaXhosa Nation. White settlers reached the area in approximately 1835 with the intention to develop a port on the Buffalo River.

How you can help

The happening

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.

Return gift

  • 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).

Important info

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.

Valhalla Biodiversity Area

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the dam
The farm house


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