Newsletter, Winter 2017 Administrator September 6, 2017 News A further house was built during late 2016 in Protea Heights. As can be seen from the photo, the use of jackhammers in the Agulhas stone was necessary as is the case in most erven in the Reserve as only occasionally is a plot located in sandy terrain. A favourite healthy pastime amongst residents is regular walking and mountain biking along the many available routes in the Reserve. Residents are advised not to go alone to remote areas of the Reserve in case an emergency situation arises and no one is available to help. Walking next to the fynbos with its panoramic views of mountain, sea and lakes (Zoetensdalsvlei) in fresh air is very special. In spring and summer time the Mimetes saxatilis with their impressive yellow flowers are in bloom – these are classified as endangered on the Red Data List. Occasionally a grysbok can be seen, as well as several birds of prey (such as rock kestrels), and a variety of lizards and snakes that emerge from hibernation in about October. There have also been reported sightings of a caracal and a young eland by residents in recent times. During the weekend of 10/11 December 2016 a Kommandorit took place where numerous horses were accommodated after cross country activities. Such events help to generate additional income for L’Agulhas Nature Reserve. During November 2016 L’Agulhas Nature Reserve residents were treated to the magnificent sight of the supermoon (full moon at perigee) rising over the sea. Rock kestrels nest in the eaves of some of the houses in L’Agulhas Nature Reserve, and may be seen hunting and eating their prey from balconies as shown in the adjacent action photograph. During winter and early summer Southern Right Wales can sometimes be observed from the cliffs on the eastern part of Protea Heights or at a longer distance away in the large and magnificent Struisbaai as well. Many prefer going to de Hoop Nature Reserve beyond Arniston, which offers a favourite whale viewing site for whales for visitors at Koppie Alleen where there is a good elevated view from the cliffs. The neighbouring marine reserve at de Hoop, which extends 5km out to sea, is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa. It conserves a vast and fascinating variety of marine life. This reserve is also a World Heritage Site. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.