Fernkloof Nature Reserve next to Hermanus is the pride and joy of many residents and holiday visitors. Pristine coastline, lagoon and mountain slope of unique fynbos are valued here and conserved for the benefit of all. Sure, development pressures exist here as everywhere! Every town has its own challenges and opportunities, hopefully the visionary leadership for retaining something of value for posterity.
Suitable land allocation should be dedicated for conservation in every community. Local efforts combined with sound national and provincial structures can ensure this. Wisely led institutions sustain parks, reserves and botanical gardens for the benefit of generations to come. The value of such facilities and lifestyles that dedicate time and effort to nature conservation make easy sense to young people once they have been alerted and initiated.
Diversity of living species of the area constitutes a special local responsibility as national priorities are extensive, sometimes too general for focussing on every detail. The more inclusive the sharing of caring, the better the results.
To be seen in the photo: fynbos slopes, a little of the town of Hermanus, a bit of sea where whales may be spotted and one of the walking trails of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve (www.fernkloof.com).