Jane explains Korsman Conservancy

New member of the Korsman Conservancy, Maureen Stubbs (right), from Boksburg, with the non-profit organisation's chairperson, Jane Trembath, before signing her membership form.

Several people who were keen to learn about the sanctuary attended the talk, in Howard Avenue, where Trembath explained about the location, history and conservancy.

The sanctuary, which is a non-profit organisation situated in Westdene, was named after a town councillor, Nic Korsman, who visited the pan regularly.

The aim of the conservatory is to restore and maintain the benefits of nature.

According to Trembath, the size land is speculated to be 49 hectares, and it is second in bio-diversity to the Cape lands, which consist of veld flowers.

“You may notice that there is green stuff in the water, but this is not slime, it is duck weed,” Trembath said.

“In fact, we have good quality water, because dragon flies are often seen in the conservancy and they are attracted to clean water.”

The conservancy, which consists of grasslands and wetlands, also has sedges, which look like grass which grows in dry, muddy and wet areas.

Dragon flies lay their eggs in these sedges.

The sanctuary also saw two types of flamingos this year, the Greater Flamingo and the Lesser Flamingo.

There are birds like the Goliath Heron, butterflies, bugs, beetles and Marsh Terrapins among other creatures inside the fence.

However, as beautiful as these sites and creatures may be, maintaining the conservancy requires commitment.

“We inject herbicide into the roots of weeds,” Trembath said.

Although maintaining the conservancy is good, help is always needed.

“People can become members and volunteer at the conservancy,” she added.

Trembath has not only been the chairperson of the conservancy for two and a half years, she is also a pilot for South African Airways.

“I fly aeroplanes long distance and was one of the first women who joined,” she said.

Everything she taught those who attended the talk about the conservancy and its creatures and nature, she said she learned during her time at Korsman Conservancy.


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