Wolwekraal Nature Reserve - South Africa
Wolwekraal Nature Reserve
heathland and shrub
The field site comprises 123 ha of natural Karoo shrubland. The Dorpsrivier passes through the nature reserve. Habitats include exposed Ecca mudstone plains, a north-facing ridge, pockets of aolian sand, and quatzite pebble bed conglomerate along the levees of the Dorpsrivier. The field site has been fenced to exclude domestic livestock since the 1970s.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The primary purpose of Wolwekraal Nature Reserve is biodiversity conservation. The Nature Reserve is also intended to provide opportunities for environmental education, training, recreational nature walks and funding and mentorship of ecological restoration and biodiversity research. It conserves 2 km of the course of the Dorpsrivier corridor and 114 ha of Prince Albert Succulent Karoo which is a succulent-rich vegetation type that is not formally conserved in any other protected area.
A portion of the farm Wolwekraal (Farm 211), separated from the farm by the R353, which is not a viable agricultural unit. Wolwekraal Nature Reserve is a Contract Nature Reserve in terms of CapeNature's Stewardship Program.
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