Alien plant removal and rehabilitation of natural ecosystems at King Shaka International Airport Nature Reserve
I have been involved in this project as an assistant to the environmental consultant Geoff Nichols from the very beginning of the project. We had been engaged by the Institute of Natural Resources which is attached to the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg since before the project was announced on the 3 August 2007 following a meeting held at the offices of the contractor at Mount Edgecombe. As a an assistant consultant to the INR I have been involved in surveying the area, planning, creation of suitable plants list for the rehabilitation, inspecting the site at night looking for the endangered Dwarf Chameleon, etc.
As the appointed environmental and horticultural consultant I was solely responsible for the training and supervision of the contractor´s staff in alien plant removal as well as setting up the nursery and training the staff in nursery practice and management.
As the appointed environmental and horticultural consultant I was solely responsible for the collection of all seeds, cuttings and other growing on material from natural ecosystems within 50 km of the site and for training the staff in the best way to grow them.
As the appointed environmental and horticultural consultant I was solely responsible for the selection and buying in of all plant material that was sourced from the Municipal Indigenous and uMuthi nursery at Silver Glenn
The Ecoman range Rover on site supervising the invasive alien weed removal as part of the environmental rehabilitation project at the King Shaka Airport during the construction of the airport
A view of the newly constructed air traffic control tower at the King Shaka International Airport taken during the construction and the rehabilitation of the natural environment stage
Removal of alien invasive weeds rehabilitation of grass
land King Shaka International
In a very short space of time following the clearing of dense stands of alien vegetation natural grasses grassland forbs and various alien invasive weeds seeds germinated transforming the area.
Regeneration of grass after the removal of alien invasive vegetation at King Shaka International Airport Durban
Construction of the nursery at King Shaka
International Airport to grow plants for the rehabilitation project
Construction of the nursery at King Shaka International Airport to grow plants for the rehabilitation project
Growing tunnel being constructed to grow plants for the rehabilitation of KSIA
Regenerating grassland at King Shaka International
Some thoughts on the rehabilitation of sugar cane land into natural like grassland in the coastal regions of northern KwaZulu-Natal
Re-generating grassland King Shaka International Airport Durban 29 degrees South