De Mond Reserve plan open for comment
The draft management plan for the De Mond Nature Reserve Complex, on the Agulhas Plain, is available for comment. The Protected Area Management Plan covers the De Mond Nature Reserve, the Waenhuiskrans Reserve and the Soetendalsvlei Reserve. The plan has been compiled by CapeNature, the management authority of the Complex.
The De Mond region holds immense conservation, cultural and historic value. The Heuningnes Estuary, in the De Mond Nature Reserve, is listed as a RAMSAR wetland of international importance, as it supports a number of vulnerable and endangered fauna and flora species. For example, the De Mond area is home to nearly a fifth of South Africa’s total Damara tern population, the third largest breeding colony in the country.
The Heuninges Redfin fish is also listed as Critically Endangered. The fish are found in several tributaries of the Heuningnes River, and are endemic to the region. The region also hosts a number of red data plant species, such as the grass, Prionanthium pholiuroides.
Written comments on the plan must be sent by 17 February 2014. Interested and affected parties are therefore invited to review the draft. The plan can be viewed at the public libraries in Bredasdorp, Arnistorn and Struisbaai. It can also be downloaded from CapeNature’s website (www.capenature.co.za), from the home page.
Meanwhile, a public participation presentation will be held in Bredasdorp on 6 February. This will offer parties further opportunities to comment on the proposed plans.
For more information, contact Duncan Heard of Duncan Heard Environmental Consulting.
Tel. 028 316 3386; Fax: 086 513 4462 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
De Mond Photographs courtesy of Sharon Brink,