Edith Stephens Nature Reserve

Edith Stephens was a botanist  working  at the University of Cape Town who after she retired,  raised money to buy 3.7 hectares of land with a seasonal wetland in Philippi which she gave to Kirstenbosch to look after.

In 2000, the City of Cape Town added the surrounding conservation-worthy land to extend the wetland park and named the park after Ms Stephens. The vegetation type at the Edith Stephens Nature Reserve is a transition from Cape Dune Strandveld to Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, both of which are highly threatened.

The park consists of a large seasonal wetland, with surrounding stretches of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos and Cape Flats Dune Strandveld vegetation. Seven Red Data plant species have been recorded here as well as nearly a hundred species of bird, several amphibians (including a population of endangered Western Leopard Toad), reptiles and mammals.
     Edith Stephens Wetland Park (Cape Flats Nature)

  • Edith Stephens Wetland Park consists of a small seasonal wetland, a large flood retention pond with a bird hide, an indigenous plant nursery run by Working for Wetlands, and the offices of Cape Flats Nature and the Primary Science   Programme.
  • About 65 species of indigenous plants grow in this small urban nature reserve, and 8 of these are on the Red List, including the tiny water fern Isoetes capensis.
  •  More than 80 different bird species have been seen at Edith Stephens Wetland Park and many breed there, such as the Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) and Red Knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata).
  • 5 amphibian species are found here, including the Endangered Leopard Toad (Amietophrynus pantherinus).
  • Edith Stephens Wetland Park provides local residents and schools with conservation, recreation and educational opportunities, from teacher workshops to picnics and children’s holiday programmes.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve works in partnership with many organizations in the surrounding communities, and is home to Working for Wetland Project and the Primary Science Programme.

The park is run by the City of Cape Town in partnership with the local community. It now has an Environmental Education Centre, boardwalk trails, a picnic area, a bird hide and a garden of medicinal plant.

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