Tashreeqah Sadan

Background

National Diploma: Nature Conservation
Btech: Nature Conservation

Current research

This research will determine the native species recovery of Lowland Cape Flats Sand Fynbos & Mountain Sandstone Fynbos after the clearing of alien invasive species, Acacia saligna. The factors being considered are vegetation type, effects of stack burning and how time/years alter these factors. The research questions are,

1. Does the species richness and cover of native species after clearing invasive A. saligna differ in and between lowland and mountain fynbos, and do these differences change with years after clearing?

2. Does the species richness and cover of native species after clearing A. saligna differ in and between lowland and mountain fynbos areas that experienced low and high severity fires and no fires, and do these changes differ with years after clearing?

The study was conducted at Glencairn and Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. The data was collected over a span of 3 years. Burn scars left by the fell stack and burn method. Forty burn scars were chosen in each site and native species data was collected from the centre, edge and outside of the burn scar. The statistical analysis will be done using R version 3.5.1.