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uShaka Sea World education volunteers visit Everton Conservancy

Working in education, we are constantly learning new information about our environment. This is also true for our education volunteers. On Monday, seventeen volunteers and two staff were guided through the Everton Conservancy to learn about the work being done in this community. The Everton Conservancy was established in 1991, and is the oldest urban conservancy in South Africa. It is situated west of Durban within the eThekwini Municipality and upstream of the important Krantz Kloof Nature Reserve. It is comprised of both private and municipal land. Conservancies are a bit like Marine Protected Areas, except they are managed by volunteers in the community. Being terrestrial areas, the community volunteers clear alien vegetation and maintain the area for the protection of biodiversity. The Everton Conservancy is an area of outstanding natural beauty renowned for the richness of its biodiversity. For example, there are ten times more tree species in Everton than in all of Europe. Everyone had a wonderful morning learning about the history of the area, and the plant and animal species.