The impact of development - shrinking natural areas in the City of Cape Town
In which suburb of Cape Town do you live?
Tick the correct boxes in each of the following three sections:
During which period did your area become urbanised (see grey areas on maps): Before 1800 Between 1800 and 1930 Between 1930 and 1975 Between 1975 and 1995 Since 1995?
Why did people settle in your area originally? Farming / fishing / forestry Commerce / administration / leisure Manufacturing / transport / industry Group Areas Act / forced resettlement Escaping hardship / conflict in other parts of the country or the world
Which of the following can you find within half an hour’s walk of your school? An unpolluted stream, river, wetland or estuary Natural vegetation that originally grew in your area Indigenous mammals (e.g. mongoose, porcupine, grysbok, dune mole rat) Indigenous birds of prey (e.g. kite, kestrel, goshawk, buzzard, eagle, owl) Indigenous plants used for food or medicine?
10 Protecting nature: Locate your school on the map of protected natural areas. Use the scale bar and draw a circle with a ten kilometre radius centred on your school. Are there any protected natural areas within ten kilometres of your school?
List these protected natural areas in the table below.
Use the information in Module 6: Conserving Nature in the City to find out who manages the nature reserve(s)
and which habitat(s) each reserve conserves.
SANParks, CapeNature, City of Cape Town, Friends groups, private landowners, etc. River / wetland; Mountain fynbos; Afromontane forest; Sand plain fynbos; Strandveld; Renosterveld; Marine environment