“ Craig Foster briefs the South African parliament on the incredible discoveries found around the coast of Cape Town and surrounds. His team has worked tirelessly to rewrite a eurocentric viewpoint that all modern day science and art was originated in Europe. Inside this fascinating discussion he shows some of the oldest art and scientific instruments ever discovered anywhere on earth. Thought to be roughly 100 000 years old it is without question pushing back the entrenched concepts of mans birth of consciousness, hence the new catch phrase "The Cradle of the Mind". This is an excellent video clip and really really worth watching. ”
Gold and RHS President's Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017!
On 23 May a media release by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) stated that the "team at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show were jumping for joy this this morning when they learned that they had won South Africa's 35th gold medal in 42 years of exhibiting at the prestigious show". In addition to the gold medal, they were also awarded the RHS President's Award. GO TO ARTICLE | VOL 4, ISSUE 2 – JUNE 2017
Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve
Just an hour out of Cape Town at the southern tip of Africa, lies an area of such natural beauty and floral diversity as to be recognized as perhaps world's greatest biodiversity hot-spot. Size for size, the 100,000 hectare UNESCO designated Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to the most complex biodiversity on our planet with more than 1,880 different plant species ... the next richest is the South American rainforest with just 420 species per 10,000 square kilometers!
Biosphere reserves are 'new concept' reserves: no fences to keep 'people' out and 'nature' in. It is the commitment of local communities, farmers, conservation agencies and local government that protects the magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity.
The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve begins in the Atlantic Ocean, 7.5 km off a rugged, rocky shore interspersed by glorious, golden sandy beaches. A zig-zag ribbon of narrow coastal plain is squeezed between the ocean and huge sandstone mountains. Contorted by their tumultuous birth some 300 million years ago, these awesome folded mountains and highland valleys are home to the more than 1,880 different species of plants. Seventy seven (77) species within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve occur nowhere else on earth. To put this in perspective, the whole of the UK has just twenty two (22) endemics.
Explore nature at its best.
The biosphere reserve is a celebration of ever changing vistas – from magnificent white beaches and wild rocky shores, sunsets over False Bay and rugged mountains rising from narrow coastal plains, to rose-edged vineyards and orchards in pockets of fertile soils in the highlands. Its spectacular seascapes and landscapes – and the richness of its flora and fauna – attracts people with a love of nature. Many are visitors and holidaymakers with the number of residents and property owners growing each year.
This web site seeks to illustrate to people why the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR) is such a special place: why it is vital to the future of its fynbos heritage to strive to become a world role model for conservation and sustainable living while also meeting the needs and aspirations of the communities that call it home.
Volume 1 - June 2020
Although it is the smallest of the world's floral kingdoms, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is the richest by far. The KBR is a photographer's dream come true! This newsletter is packed with facts, news and wonderful photograhps.