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Alien plant removal and rehabilitation of natural ecosystems at

King Shaka International Airport Nature Reserve

 

Creating and managing wildlife habitat at King Shaka International Airport  (La Mercy Airport) Durban, South Africa.


I have been involved in this project as an assistant to the environmental consultant Geoff Nichols from the very beginning of the project. We had been engaged by the Institute of Natural Resources which is attached to the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg since before the project was announced on the 3 August 2007 following a meeting held at the offices of the contractor at Mount Edgecombe. As a an assistant consultant to the INR I have been involved in surveying the area, planning, creation of suitable plants list for the rehabilitation, inspecting the site at night looking for the endangered Dwarf Chameleon, etc.

Later I was appointed as the sole environmental and horticultural consultant to the L&M Joint Venture that was engaged to commence alien plant removal and re-habilitation as well as to set up a nursery to grow local native plants occurring within a radius of 50 km of the site which were to be used in the re-habilitation program.

As the appointed environmental and horticultural consultant I was solely responsible for the training and supervision of the contractor´s staff in alien plant removal as well as setting up the nursery and training the staff in nursery practice and management.

As the appointed environmental and horticultural consultant I was solely responsible for the collection of all seeds, cuttings and other growing on material from natural ecosystems within 50 km ofr the site and for training  the staff in the best way to grow them.

As the appointed environmental and horticultural consultant I was solely responsible for the selection and buying in of all plant material that was sourced from the Municipal Indigenous and uMuthi nursery at Silver Glenn


                                






Ecoman Michael Hickman on site supervising the removal of alien invasive plants in particular Brasilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)  Parafine Bush (Chromaleana odorata) as part of the environmental rehabilitation of the property surrounding the King Shaka International Airport in Durban during the construction phase
ecoman on site KSIA supervising removal alien invasive plants
Ecoman range rover during environmental rehabilitation at king shaka airport durban
The Ecoman range Rover on site supervising the alien plant removal as part of  the environmental rehabilitation project at the King Shaka Airport during the construction  of the airport







A view of the newly constructed air traffic control tower at the King Shaka International Airport  taken during the construction and the rehabilitation of the natural environment stage





Below some of  the area at King Shaka International Airport in Durban that had been cleared of alien invasive vegetation as part  of the environmental  rehabilitation.
air traffic control tower during the environmental rehabilitation and construction state of the KSIA
track grass




In a very short space of time following he clearing of dense stands of alien vegetation natural grasses fgrassland forbs and various alien invisive weeds seeds germinated transforing the area.
grassland restoration king shaka international airport durban
Nursery set up to grow plants for rehabilitation at KSIA




A view of the nursery at King Shaka International Airport Durban that was established to grow local indigenous plants for the environmental rehabilitation of the abandoned sugar cane fields into natural ecosystems. The offices and potting shed can be see at the top right of the photograph the first stageing out area for plants top left and in the foreground soil is being brought in to level another area to be used used.






Growing tunnel with hot beds and misting nozzles for the propogation of local indigenous plants for the environmental rehabilitation of abandoned cane lands at King Shaka International Airport, Durban.
Growing tunnel being constructed to grow plants for the rehabilitation of KSIA


2014 Working as a consultant together with Ziyenzeka Weed Control on the ongoing alien weed control programme at King Shaka International Airport, Durban


re-generating grassland king shaka international airport durban Vast areas of land surrounding the King Shaka International Airport that were under sugar cane cultivation have now been returned to developing natural grassland as seen in the foreground. 

See; 

Some thoughts on the rehabilitation of sugar cane land into natural like grassland in the coastal regions of northern KwaZulu-Natal

http://ecomandurban.blogspot.com/2014/05/some-thoughts-on-rehabilitation-of.html

2015 Working as a consultant in association with Ziyenzeka Weed Control on the ongoing alien weed control programme at King Shaka International Airport, Durban



re-generating grassland king shaka international airport durban 29 south Following the very successful phase one Ziyenzeka Weed Control has been awarded a further three year contract to undertake alien weed control at the King Shaka International Airport



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