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Legodimo Nature Reserve - November 2009

Even hotter!!!! Car trouble and more car trouble and loads of good conservation!

November was extremely hot but at least we had some rain which makes a huge difference in temperature as well as smells, colours and the number of creatures that emerge from their hiding spots.

The Botswana government decided to implement some new legislation which made it impossible for some of our vehicles as well as staff to remain in the country. We struggled to get by with what we had as well as some vehicles kind neighbours lent us.

Matt stayed in Alldays whilst we were waiting for all his documentation and paper work to realise and Kathy went home for a while to spend the festive time with her family. We are really looking forward to having her back as she always makes everyone smile. We really miss Matt's cooking and can't wait to have him back too. Mieke's cooking skills are luckily on par and we are still having fantastic meals to keep energy levels high for fighting "aliens". We were very sad to see Dave go and wish him great success in the future.

If it wasn't the border officials giving our vehicles a hard time, it was the bad roads. We lost count of the number of flat tyres we had eventually.

As far as our projects went, we did some very hard and rewarding work. We removed loads and loads of alien plants (prickly pear - Opuntia ficus indica) as well as some queen of the night cactus from Mexico. This is a very painful task as these plants protect themselves with minute thorns that are sometimes invisible to the naked eye.

In the 45o + temperatures we had, this was a very testing task.

It is however crucial that we remove these invasive species as they can if uncontrolled, take over vast stretches of land, making it impenetrable to anything apart from birds and insects. We got stuck in and cleared a reasonable area.

On one of our bird observations we got Black stork which we don't often get to see. It seems as if the birdlife might get more varied as the rains increase.

As always we continued with our fence removal project and finished yet another section of the reserve ridding it of a couple of kilometres of barbed wire.

We hope next month will prove to be far better and to see more wildlife return with the rains.

African greetings,

Gerrit Prinsloo
Conservation Director

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