Meadowridge Common

Meadowridge Common

Bird and Wildlife WatchingPublic Forest/Natural AreaEnvironmental EducationEco-Tour/Nature Walk

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Meadowridge Common is a small protected area of approximately 8 ha – a valuable remnant of the critically endangered Cape Flats sand fynbos. It contains as many as 137 different flowering plant species, of which four are listed as endangered. These plants are representative of the almost 600 species that were collected by Dr William Frederick Purcell on the Bergvliet Farm between 1914 and 1919, and this collection can today be viewed in the Compton Herbarium at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Floral displays are at their best in spring, from September to October, and a number of insects, birds and amphibians, including the endangered Cape rain frog (Breviceps gibbosus), have been observed. Meadowridge Common is managed by the City of Cape Town, with the help of the Friends of Meadowridge Common.

ADDRESS: Accessible from Edison Drive and Faraday Way, Meadowridge

OPENING HOURS: Not applicable

ENTRANCE FEE: None

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus or taxi

ACTIVITIES: Dog-walking, wild flowers, recreation

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Illustrated talks given upon request

FRIENDS GROUP: The Friends of Meadowridge assist with keeping the site clean and tidy, and controlling invasive alien species. The group keeps detailed botanical records, arranges spring walks, provides signage, and monitors the activities on the common. Contact them on 021 715 9206.

City Parks Tel 021 762 9180
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