Saturday November 01, 2014

The Marlothii Conservancy

The Marlothii Conservancy is registered with the Mpumalanga Parks Board as an Urban Conservancy and was the first in Mpumalanga to do so. It aims to generate interest and active participation by registered land owners, accredited residents and the business community in the conservation of indigenous and endemic fauna and flora and the protection of the environment in the area based on scientific principles of nature conservation and sustainable utilization of the area's natural resources. The Conservancy exists in partnership with the Marloth Park Honorary Rangers and the Marloth Park Property Owners Association. You can see our registration certificate by clicking here and read a brief historical note by clicking here.



An overview


Many years ago a gravel pit was established along Olifant Drive to provide decomposed granite for road building. This resultant excavation was left in a neglected and unsightly state. In 2010 Fenja te Horst, a founding member of Marlothii Conservancy initiated a project to rehabilitate this dormant depression in the open veld


With permission of the Nkomazi Municipality a water hole for the benefit of Marloth Park game and birds was established. Fed by run-off rain water and suplemented by a donated borehole, a constant level is maintained to establish a water surface area of approximately 1700m2. Two small islands were also established to draw water birds to the area. It also serves as a drinking point for game in the area.


Recently, moves have been made to upgrade the facility. Viewing benches have been placed at strategic points. The next proposed project is the prevention of erosion by laying stone barriers in the run off gullies to slow water flow. The planting of indigenous flora is also planned.


How can you help!


  •   Make donations for the purchase of electricity to run the borehole.

  •  Join the work party activities on the 3rd Monday of each month – 06:30 to 08:30.

  •  Donate indigenous trees and plants to plant for the aesthetic improvement of the area.


Together let's make Gruispan the 'sunset dam' of Marloth Park.



CONTACT: Stuart Long – 084 303 5589

Errol Potgieter – 083 491 9326


} New! The War on Rhino poaching. Read an article from the Lowvelder August 15th 2014 here

2014 Meeting dates Please note that the meeting scheduled for 12th August has been postponed to 19th August.

The tree listing and mapping project enables lists of trees to be compiled and to be mapped via google Maps. Read about it here ..

The AGM was held on Saturday 5 April 2014 at 10.00 at Henk van Rooyen. Minutes and Office Bearers' reports may be found here

Nature/Bird walks Commencing on 21st October 2014, bird walks hosted by the Conservancy will take place on the third Saturday of every month at Henk van Rooyen Park at 06h00 until 31st March 2015 thereafter the starting time will be changed to 08h00 for the winter months

months;Birding Module


The birding module contains Bird Sightings Lists maintained by the Conservancy and by users
with administration privileges. It includes the sightings from the weekly Marloth Park bird walks
and users can also maintain their own bird lists. Reference is made to the BLSA Bird List 2013
and to the latest Roberts and Sasol Guides.

Click here to go straight to sightings reports or use the Birding menu at the top of the page
for more options.

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