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Conservation

PARTNERSHIPS

With conservation and rehabilitation being the number one priority the Bezuidenhoutshoek Nature Reserve has entered into a number of partnerships to promote awareness and support the ongoing efforts in the valley.

The ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST (EWT) has worked tirelessly for over 45 years to save wildlife and habitats, with their vision being a world in which both humans and wildlife prosper in harmony with nature. The EWT’s team of field-based specialists is spread across southern and East Africa, where committed conservation action is needed the most. Working with their partners, including businesses and governments, the EWT is at the forefront of conducting applied research, supporting community conservation and livelihoods, training and building capacity, addressing human wildlife conflict, monitoring threatened species and establishing safe spaces for wildlife range expansion.

INITIATIVES

Our partnerships support a number of rehabilitation and conservation efforts of which the following four are the most significant:

  • Eradication of Black Wattle
  • Eradication of Pom-Pom weed and bankrupt bush from our grasslands
  • Eradication of Grey Poplar from internal streams and wetlands.
  • Erosion Management

These initiatives require intensive manual labour and extensive financial resources but the impact on the Olifants river and all its beneficiaries downstream is enormous. These initiatives will leave a long lasting legacy and we remain committed to making a difference.

DOCUMENTS AND DOWNLOADS

The Bezuidenhoutshoek Nature reserve has an extensive management plan. As part of the recognition and status the farm enjoys we are accountable for the execution of the management plan and are required to submit periodic management reports.

We have a made a number of downloads available which will give readers some insight into the biodiversity landscape in Mpumalanga and how we fit into this ecosystem.