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Spring on its way

Spring is on its way, nature has many different ways to show us this change from winter to summer.

The trees are normally the first to show us this change. Water is essential for all life on earth, however many species of Flora have adapted survival mechanisms which assist with water storage, therefore, under normal rainfall conditions water is not regarded as a major limiting factor but rather temperature.

Studies in our region have indicated that when the soil reaches 12 degrees growing season will commence. All around the estate, the White stinkwood (Celtis africanus) have all started producing new leaves for the summer season. Another species to show us the season is changing is the South African Wild Pear (Dombeya rotundifolia) has started a full display of white flower clusters as it blooms. Both these trees are abundant around in the estate and serve as an indication that soil temperature is on the increase and that summer is not far away.

The next to show us that summer is close, is the sight of birds building nests to have some chicks. Some species have already completed their nest while others are still waiting for the summer plumage to show before looking for mates and building nests. Some of the first baby birds have been heard and some have been seen. There are also those that have been blown out of their nest and need some help from us. If you find a baby bird, please first check if you can place it back in its nest or if you see the parents around.

If you are unsure if it needs help, contact Judy from the wildlife in crisis rehabilitation centre on 073 112 1131 or the Environmental manager Odette on 082 462 9518 for assistance.

The mammals are also starting to show that the change of season is nearby. Various of our female game are pregnant and simply waiting for the first rain before having their babies. While our hibernating species are slowly awakening from their winter sleep. These species include the South African Hedgehog, Tortoises, Snakes and Spiders. Please be careful when driving as tortoises are often seen crossing the roads during the day and hedgehogs are often seen crossing the roads at night.

If any of these wonderful animals finds itself in your house, garden or property, please contact the Environmental manager Odette on 082 462 9518 for assistance.

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