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The Happy Ending of a Sand Mine that Became Home to the Blue Crane



Above are pictures of the sand quarry in May 2000 on purchase of Jackals Dans. At this point it had already been abandoned for over two years.

The old sand mine was an ugly eyesore, a barren white slash into the mountain. It was total devastation of several acres of irreplaceable fynbos, and a crime against the delicate environment.

REHABILITATION


We have worked hard to rehabilitate the old sand mine to an inviting waterhole for animals and birds. What a difference to the barren white sand of previously.


Good rains over the summer, replanting, peace and tender loving care are helping some of the hardier species of the fynbos to grow back, but alas - proteas will never grow here again.

baboon footprint leopard footprint
Every time we visit the waterhole, I'm excited to see something new: footprints of visitors like jackal, mountain leopard, or blue crane. Feet and shoes are in the pictures to lend perspective to the size of the footprints.

The Blue Cranes and their Amazing Egg Nest


Blue crane eggs in nest at waterhole in fynbos blue crane eggs in nest blue crane eggs
This beautiful pair of rare blue crane has made our waterhole its nesting grounds. What an honour!
 

Update 2004


Indigenous trees have been planted along the west perimeter of the waterhole to provide shade and encourage birdlife. All alien vegetation has been removed from the waterhole and the entire property. The picture on the right shows tadpoles in the water; a welcome sign of life.

Update 2007


The area is looking splendid. Water surface covers about 800 sq m in the wet season with a smaller pond year-round. The indigenous trees are thriving (albeit growing slowly), reeds are flourishing in the water and waterfowl are slowly reappearing. Vegetation is growing to the shores. The blue crane pair continue to nest here.

Update 2009

The trees continue to thrive. The water is lower in the dry season, of course, but in winter it reaches to their trunks as you can see below. This has become a really beautiful place with the stunning Hemel en Aarde Valley in the background. Whoever buys this footprint will be very happy.


 

 

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