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Location: West coast, Western Cape, South Africa

West Coast Branch  

The West Coast branch was founded in the early 2000s by a group of locals who are passionate about the conservation of our natural heritage. 

About the branch

The area served by this branch stretches from Mamre/Tableview in the south to Riebeek Kasteel and Piketberg in the north, with the Atlantic coast in the west and Darling at the centre. Members meet regularly for outings, including a few longer trips during the flower season, as well as for commenting on conservation matters and discussion groups.

About the Area

The West Coast has all that a nature lover could wish for – from the sea and mountains to plains, with many different types of vegetation, including renosterveld, sandveld and strandveld, as well as varied animal, insect and bird life. The fantastic flowers are the jewels in the crown, of course. There is something to be seen throughout the year, with the peak of the flower season being from mid-July (in the north) to mid-October (in the south). 

Cool Facts

1.

The West Coast Branch is integrally involved in the second-oldest wildflower show in the world, the Darling Wildflower Show. Some of the members and their families have been involved with conservation of the area’s flowers for three generations!

2.

This branch is home to an area that is world-renowned for its amazingly diverse flower season experience, which usually starts in July and ends in October.

3.

The West Coast Branch is strong on conservation and makes a point of registering as an Interested and Affected Party (I&AP) for planned developments, so they can keep in touch with what is happening and give input where needed.

4.

The branch is also deeply involved with helping children in local schools learn about the importance of conserving the natural plant and animal biodiversity of the West Coast.

 

Contact the Branch Chair

Hedwig Slabig

Latest Branch News

Spring Flower Watch: West Coast National Park
Pondoland’s medicinal plants treasures
Spring Flower Watch: Hantam National Botanical Garden
Our Living Libraries: Why are Botanical Gardens so important?
Ericas of the Southern Cape
Interview with Elise Buitendag, author of ‘Genesis of a Garden’
Call for Nominations: BotSoc Honours and Awards 2020
Community and Biodiversity: Fun at the Fynbos Festival
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Locate your Branch

ALBANY

Free State

KZN Coastal

Pretoria

Algoa

Garden Route

KZN Inland

Southern Overberg

Bankenveld

Kirstenbosch

Limpopo

West Coast

Cederberg

Kogelberg

Lowveld

Winelands

Office hours

Monday to Friday 08h30 to 16h00. Closed on weekends and public holidays.

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+27 (0) 21 797 2090
+27 (0) 21 797 2376

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