The Waterberg Nature Conservancy has produced a series of information sheets about some of the most important alien and invader plants that occur in the Waterberg.
There are many plants that could be considered to be alien and / or invasive in our region, but I have selected those few which, on the basis of a survey conducted a year ago, are considered to be the most critical, according to the opinions of several leading conservationists in the Waterberg. Currently, the series comprises ten sheets, covering a total of 20 alien / invasive species. Other species may be added to the series, as the need arises.
The purpose of the information sheets is to provide, in each case:
• sufficient illustration and description to enable the reader to identify the unwanted species concerned;
• the reasons why this species has been judged undesirable (by SANBI, not by the writer); and
• recommendations on how to go about removing or controlling the plant, by physical or chemical means.
The notes are based on information gleaned from several sources, all of which are referenced for each sheet – the objective being to provide the reader with a summary of the most critical information on a single page, without the need for further reading or research.
I hope that these information sheets will prove useful to concerned members of the community in ridding our beautiful Waterberg of its most invasive alien plants.