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iNaturalist City Nature Challenge 2021
April 30, 2021 - May 4, 2021
Let us knock the socks off the rest of the world and showcase the Garden Route!
Terrestrial area: 3387738 Hectare, (33877.68 square kilometers).
This challenge is open to everyone and anyone. Whether you upload 1 observation, 100 or 1000 observations, you are welcome.
The City Nature Challenge runs from 00h00 on the 30 April 2021 through to 24h00 on the 09 May 2021.
The observation period is run over 4 days, thus 30 April 2021 to 03 May 2021. All observations must have been taken during this period. Thereafter, up until 09 May 2021 the project remains open to complete uploads and verification of observation.
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The stats at present indicate that we have:
Currently over 8750 confirmed species in the district
1977+ insects, spiders, and snail species
140+ mammal species recorded
390+ bird species recorded
20+ amphibian’s species
110+ fish species
85+ reptile species
5240+ plants species
380+ fungi, lichens, and protozoans species
Garden Route consists of 7 local municipalities
01) Bitou Municipality, (include the towns of: Plettenberg Bay, Keurboomstrand, Kurland, Kwanokuthula, Nature’s Valley and Wittedrift) https://www.inaturalist.org/places/local-government-bitou-municipality 02) George Municipality, (include the towns of: George, Wilderness, Hoekwil, Glentana, Herolds Bay, Victoria Bay, Haarlem, Uniondale, Herold and Noll ) https://www.inaturalist.org/places/local-government-george-municipality 03) Hessequa Municipality, (include the towns of: Albertinia, Still Bay, Riversdale, Heidelberg, Slangrivier and Witsand) https://www.inaturalist.org/places/local-government-hessequa-municipality 04) Kannaland Municipality, (include the towns of: Calitzdorp, Zoar, Ladismith and Van Wyksdorp) https://www.inaturalist.org/places/local-government-kannaland-municipality 05) Knysna Municipality, (include the towns of: Knysna, Sedgefield, Brenton, Buffels Bay, Krantzhoek and Rheenendal) https://www.inaturalist.org/places/local-government-knysna-municipality 06) Mossel Bay Municipality, (include the towns of: Boggoms Bay, Brandwag, Buisplaas, Dana Bay, Glentana, Fraaiuitsig, Friemersheim, Great Brak River, Hartenbos, Herbertsdale, Hersham, KwaNonqaba, Little Brak River, Outeniqua Beach, Reebok, Ruiterbos, Southern Cross, Tergniet and Vleesbaai) https://www.inaturalist.org/places/local-government-mossel-bay-municipality 07) Oudtshoorn Municipality, (include the towns of: De Rust, Dysselsdorp, Oudtshoorn and Volmoed) https://www.inaturalist.org/places/local-government-oudtshoorn-municipality
Vegetation communities within the Garden Route
01) Afromontane Forest, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-afromontane-forest 02) Central Mountain Renosterveld, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-central-mountain-renosterveld-za 03) Dune Thicket, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-dune-thicket 04) Grassy Fynbos, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-grassy-fynbos 05) Limestone Fynbos, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-limestone-fynbos 06) Little Succulent Karoo, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-little-succulent-karoo 07) Mountain Fynbos, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-mountain-fynbos 08) South and Southwest Coast Renosterveld, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-south-and-southwest-coast-renosterveld 09) Spekboom Succulent Thicket, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-spekboom-succulent-thicket 10) Valley Thicket, https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grdm-veg-valley-thicket
The area boasts numerous scenic Passes and Poorts traversing a variety of different vegetation types, to name some
Attaquaskloof (Old ox-wagon route),Brakpoort Pass (R328 / TR 33-2),Cloetes Pass (R327),Doringkloof Pass (MR00363),Eilandskop Pass (P1257),Ganzvlei Pass,Huis se Hoogte Pass (P363),Jan Muller Pass (R327),Kruisrivierpoort (P1706),Langhoogte (R305),Moodies Pass (R322),Prinspoort (P1433),Rooikranspoort (R341),Sedgefield Mountain Road (OP6914),Touwsrivier-Sewefontein Pass (P294),Uniondale Poort (P401/R339),Victoria Bay Pass [P350],Wadrift Pass (DR01316) https://www.mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za/find-a-pass/western-cape.html