Ecological restoration trial at Matjiesrivier NR

ReStory narrator: Patricia Holmes

I conducted an ecological restoration trial on an old lucerne field at Matjiesrivier NR at the karoo-fynbos interface. I found that a combination of ploughing and indigenous seed sowing optimised restoration outcomes. This treatment is shown on the left of the photograph, with no intervention shown to the right. The untreated area is dominated by the alien annual Amsinckia menzesii. Subsequently domestic livestock overgrazed the restored area reducing diversity.

To read more on this study: Holmes PM 2005. Results of a lucerne old-field restoration experiment at the Fynbos-Karoo interface. SAJ Botany 71:326-338