Pledge Nature Reserve

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The Reserve falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom, which, with its 8600 plant species, is the worlds’ richest temperate flora. The upper sections of Pledge Nature Reserve is one of the last remnants of the endangered Garden Route Shale Fynbos and it is our priority to manage this area to ensure its survival. The lower-lying areas consist of Riverine Thicket and wetland vegetation with mostly locally indigenous species, but over the years some other indigenous species have been introduced. The species count to date is in excess of 250 species, making it an ideal place for people of all ages to view the unique indigenous flora of the Southern Cape.

Before reclamation work began on Pledge Nature Reserve, bird-life was essentially non-existent. Few birds were attracted to the area because of the sterile wattle thickets. In the early 1990’s, no more than 47 species were recorded, while by the end…

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