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					IRMA BOOYSEN FLORA RESERVE
There are several footpaths through the Reserve. The                                 destroyed or altered by human activities. Much of the veld is
conservation of the reserve was due to the late Irma Booysen. Her                    now in danger of becoming extinct due to over- development,
family were the original owners of the farm Ongegunde Vryheid.                       extensive farming and the encroachment of the Australian
                                                                                     Wattle, Rooikrantz.
During the development of the farm to a township, Irma
Booysen persuaded her husband to set aside a tract of land for                       Fynbos or Maccia, as it is internationally termed, is a unique
the preservation of the unique coastal fynbos (delicate bush) of                     Plant Kingdom relative to the vegetation of the rest of the world
the area. She was a great lover of nature. She painted the many                      and the Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the seven floral kingdoms
diverse species of plants in the Reserve.                                            in the world. It is the smallest kingdom as well as the most
                                                                                     species rich.
Fynbos is the term given to the vegetation typical of the South
Western Cape, where wet winter rains and hot, dry summers                            A walk in our Reserves at springtime will convince you of this fact.
occur. The term ‘fyn’ denotes the fine structure of the leaves of                     You may be familiar with a particular scent associated with Cape
most fynbos plants.                                                                  St Francis. This is given off by a particular species called a Garlic
                                                                                     Buchu. A myriad of interesting insects, reptiles, small animals and
The fynbos in our region is called dune fynbos and is particularly                   birds inhabit the Reserve. We strongly urge visitors to respect
rich in species. Many are endemic (occur nowhere else) to                            our indigenous flora, to prevent damage and to support the
our local region. Unfortunately, it is highly fragile and easily                     eradication of alien species that threaten our landscape.


       IRMA BOOYSEN FLORA RESERVE
                                                                                                           Cape St Francis
                                                                                                           Nature Reserve


                                N                                                                     Irma Booysen                Seal Bay Nature
                                                                                                      Flora Reserve               Reserve

                                                                                              Seal Point Nature
                                                                                              Reserve                               Cape St Francis
                                                                              BENCH                                                 Lighthouse

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                           Grave
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          Old road




                                       EcoCentre
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                                                                                                                   Resevoir
                                                                                                           BENCH
                                      DUNE RIDGE




                                                                                                    DUNE THICKET



                     Resevoir          Walking trails
                                                                        DUNE RIDGE
                                                                                                                       Entrance             Birkenhead lane


                                                                                                                    LEGEND
                                                                                                       Reserve boundary                           Hiker symbols
                                                                                                       Trails                                     Parking

				
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