Cities Nature Challenge winners to be announced next week

2019-04-30 06:00
Serruria trilopha, a multi-stemmed shrub, can be found in Cape Town.

Serruria trilopha, a multi-stemmed shrub, can be found in Cape Town.

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Located in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, Cape Town is in a strong position to compete in the 2019 City Nature Challenge. The winning cities will be announced on Monday 6 May.

Capetonians were encouraged to explore the City’s nature reserves and natural open spaces, and to record all of the local plant and animal species that they spot over the days of the competition that took place from Friday 26 to Monday 29 April.

Participants were able to record any plant, animal, fungi, slime mould or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses) found in Cape Town, as well as the location of their findings.

One way of recording Cape Town’s natural beauty was to take photos of the living fauna and flora that are found in the reserves, be it a flower, an insect or an animal and share it on the iNaturalist.com app.

The City manages 20 nature reserves and various nature areas, and coordinated a number of activities for this challenge across the metro.

All of the reserves were open to anyone who was interested in recording their observations of plant and animal life over these four days of the competition. Participants took part in tours of the reserves with local experts and conservation managers during the course of the challenge.

“Cape Town is incredibly blessed with vast nature reserves and many natural open areas. We have plant and animal life in abundance and right on our doorsteps,” said Mayco member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt.

“The City Nature Challenge provides us with another opportunity to showcase this diverse natural environment,” said Nieuwoudt.

Schools, universities and social groups were encouraged to use this as an opportunity to facilitate, manage and support student outdoor learning and exploration in schoolyards, nearby parks or other green spaces.

V For a list of all of the City’s reserves and details about their location, facilities and attractions, visit https://bit.ly/2f6mVbf

Located in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, Cape Town is in a strong position to compete in the 2019 City Nature Challenge. The winning cities will be announced on Monday 6 May.

Capetonians were encouraged to explore the City’s nature reserves and natural open spaces, and to record all of the local plant and animal species that they spot over the days of the competition that took place from Friday 26 to Monday 29 April.

Participants were able to record any plant, animal, fungi, slime mould or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses) found in Cape Town, as well as the location of their findings.

One way of recording Cape Town’s natural beauty was to take photos of the living fauna and flora that are found in the reserves, be it a flower, an insect or an animal and share it on the iNaturalist.com app.

The City manages 20 nature reserves and various nature areas, and coordinated a number of activities for this challenge across the metro.

All of the reserves were open to anyone who was interested in recording their observations of plant and animal life over these four days of the competition. Participants took part in tours of the reserves with local experts and conservation managers during the course of the challenge.

“Cape Town is incredibly blessed with vast nature reserves and many natural open areas. We have plant and animal life in abundance and right on our doorsteps,” said Mayco member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt.

“The City Nature Challenge provides us with another opportunity to showcase this diverse natural environment,” said Nieuwoudt.

Schools, universities and social groups were encouraged to use this as an opportunity to facilitate, manage and support student outdoor learning and exploration in schoolyards, nearby parks or other green spaces.

V For a list of all of the City’s reserves and details about their location, facilities and attractions, visit https://bit.ly/2f6mVbf

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