Our aim is to conserve everything from the smallest insect to the largest mammal including the landforms, habitats and plants forming the basis of the ecosystem. As a conservancy we have a proactive and positive land management approach to farming and conserving natural resources.
Vegetation is the basis of any natural system. Every plant has a story to share about where it grows. Our vegetation monitoring is done through fixed point photography covering many different locations on the conservancy. Observations are made regarding top soil, erosion, insect and animal activity. Records are also kept of rainfall, bird species, invertebrates and mammals. This data contributes to the scientific understanding of environmental changes in the region and also allows us to adapt out management accordingly.
Managing Cattle with Game
Our aim is to re-introduce and develop herds of game species that historically occurred in the Karoo and we continually monitor these for sustainability. In managing cattle with game, the cattle take on the role of the mega-herbivore, a role previously fulfilled by rhino, hippo and buffalo. Our cattle are indigenous breeds of Nguni and Ankole, which are hardy, fertile, disease and drought-resistant animals. Where cattle have grazed intensively for short periods of time the land is left disturbed by hoof action and is fertilized by concentrated dung and urine. In turn this disturbance creates nutrient and moisture traps which promote new seed germination and growth. The hoof activity also helps to re-sculpt areas that have previously been eroded. We manage the cattle so that these heavily-grazed areas are then left to rest and recover.