Flower Hunting in Happy Valley

For the past ten years, Boston Conservancy have been visiting Happy Valley in January.  This year, CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) added 32 species of plants to the existing list.  222 species have been identified in this grassland and wetland which are to be proclaimed as a Nature Reserve in the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme.  Christeen Grant took the flower and insect pictures. Crystelle Wilson joined us for a spot of birding and shares her photos too.  Thank you Gordon and Bronwyn Wicks and John and Jean Campbell of Ivanhoe for the warm welcome.

2014 01 05 01 Campbells

Crab spider underneath Alephidea natalensis

2014 01 05 02 Crab spider underneath Alephidea natalensis (1)

Hermannia woodii

2014 01 05 Hermannia woodii 02

Scabiosa columbaria

2014 01 05 Scabiosa columbaria

Watsonia lepida_ 2014 01 05 Watsonia lepida_

Gladiolus papilio

2014 01 05 Gladiolus papilio

Striga bilabiata

2014 01 05 Striga bilabiata

Geranium wakkerstroomianum

2014 01 05 Geranium wakkerstroomianum 02 (1)

Acalypha peduncularis

2014 01 05 Acalypha peduncularis_

Cyperus spaerocephalus

2014 01 05 Cyperus spaerocephalus


2014 01 05 02  01

Gerbera piloselloides

2014 01 05 Gerbera piloselloides

Schizocarphus nervosa

2014 01 05 Schizocarphus nervosa

Cucumis hirsutus

2014 01 05 Cucumis hirsutus

Vernonia hirsute

2014 01 05 Vernonia hirsuta

Felicia muricata

2014 01 05 Felicia muricata

Gold-tail Damselfly

2014 01 05 02 Gold-tail Damselfly

Aponogeton junceus

2014 01 05 Aponogeton junceus

Streptocarpus pentherianus

2014 01 05 Streptocarpus pentherianus

Alison Lettinger and Isabel Johnson in Happy Valley

2014 01 05 01 Alison Lettinger and Isabel Johnson in Happy Valley by Christeen Grant

Nemesia melissifolia

2014 01 05 Nemesia melissifolia

Dierama floriferum_

2014 01 05 Dierama floriferum_

African Wattled Lapwing

Impendle_Happy Valley_9019_African Wattled Lapwing

White Stork

Impendle_Happy Valley_9033_White Stork


Impendle_Happy Valley_9039_Bokmakierie

Cape Canary

Impendle_Happy Valley_9049_Cape Canary

Impendle_Happy Valley_9062_Wailing Cisticola

Jackal Buzzard

Impendle_Happy Valley_9078_Jackal Buzzard


Impendle_Happy Valley_9084_Secretarybird_nest

yellow billed kite

Impendle_Happy Valley_9130_YBK

Rufous-naped Lark

Impendle_Happy Valley_9182_Rufous-naped Lark

Interested in joining Midlands CREW?  email Nikki – info@midlandsconservancies.org.za to be added to the list.  Next CREW fieldtrip is to Sitamani in Boston on 15 February.  Diarise now Sunday 4 January 2015 when our annual visit to Happy Valley will take place!

4 thoughts on “Flower Hunting in Happy Valley

  1. David Clulow

    Fantastic feast of flower photos and brilliant batch of birds too; I am blown away by the tenth outing to Happy Valley and congratulate all those who were there for helping celebrate this outstanding valuable record


  2. Meriel mitchell

    Amazing different flower shapes, all are truly beautiful plus the addition of a few birds and insects makes for a most interesting read. Thank you to all involved for sharing these outings with us.


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