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Baobab Blitz 18 & 19 November 2016

Do you know what pollinates baobab flowers?  Bet you thought it was bats, but scientists have never seen bats visiting baobab flowers in Southern Africa.  We have a theory that both hawk moths and bats play a role in pollination.  But we need to find out if this is true. Scientists from the University of Venda and Texas Tech University (USA), hosted by the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, will be trying to solve this mystery in November 2016    They will be using Citizen Science methods to collect data on flower visitation rates.  This means that members of the public, are being continue reading

Agenda for the Annual General Meeting 17th November

The VBR is inviting all interested stakeholders to formalise their membership and attend an Annual General Meeting on the 17th of November in Thohoyandou. Starting time is 10.00 and venue is the sports hall near to the main roundabout and library. Registration will be open from 9.30. The agenda for the meeting can be downloaded here: vbr_agm_agenda_171116. Hope to see you there! continue reading

VBR Membership and Annual General Meeting

The VBR is inviting all interested stakeholders to formalise their membership and attend an Annual General Meeting on the 17th of November in Thohoyandou. Time is 10.00 and venue is the sports hall near to the main roundabout on the Punda Maria road. Membership allows you to have a voice in the VBR, voting rights at meetings of the membership and opportunities to become more involved through membership on the Board of Directors, elected every three years, or through the work of the Sub-Committees. Annual memberships run until the end of the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the membership. continue reading

VBR supports Mashau Bodwe project

The VBR is supporting the Light of Mercy Community Centre in Bodwe The multipurpose centre is a hub for community caregivers and activities include provision of meals to school children, especially orphaned and vulnerable children, and support to people living with HIV/AIDs. Also running a permaculture food garden which offers a model of sustainable community land use (including training), the VBR has donated agricultural implements and equipment including wheelbarrows, spades and irrigation systems to the value of ten thousand Rand. continue reading

Latest newsletter of the Greater Mapungubwe Network

Highly informative newsletter with an article on the VBR and various research being undertaken in the greater Mapungubwe region. Download the pdf: Greater Mapungubwe Network newsletter – June 2014 compressed continue reading

A first synthesis of the environmental, biological & cultural assets of the Soutpansberg.

Download the first synthesis of the environmental, biological & cultural assets of the Soutpansberg continue reading

Mining applications a serious concern for the newly established VBR

Over the last few years interest in the Limpopo Valley coalfields by mining companies has increased substantially and the magnitude of the impact of the proposed developments and their associated infrastructure make them a significant issue for the new Biosphere Reserve at the reserve, national and international levels. The proximity of some of the developments to conservation areas and the profound effect they could have on the “sense of place” can have severe implications for the expansion of conservation areas and the success of existing and future eco-tourism operations. While the proposed developments may well have a more localized influence continue reading

VBR Biodiversity workshop held at the University of Venda

The objective of this workshop, held at the University of Venda  (UNIVEN) in late 2011, was to determine biodiversity hotspots in the VBR based on species richness and occurrence of rare and endangered species. It also served to collate existing information on ecosystems and the drivers of biodiversity loss.  Species richness and rarity information are incomplete so this will have to be refined as more data becomes available. However, the results of the workshop provide a good starting point for prioritization of areas in future biodiversity conservation planning. Local professionals share time and expertise A number of local professionals gave continue reading