BEACHWOOD MANGROVE NATURE RESERVE AND ADJACENT WETLAND
PROTECTING OUR GREEN SPACES
Special and essential conservation areas which exist within the Beachwood Country Club Wetlands and the Beachwood Mangrove Estuary Forests need appreciation and public support towards absolute and sustainable protection. With expanding cities and commercial developments along the coast it is fundamental that we protect these biomes. Restricted to sheltered shores close to fresh water sources and soft muddy substrata with low wave action, mangroves require the perfect temperature and coastal conditions to develop and thrive. Our partnership with the Beachwood Country Club is focused on saving and protecting our coastal environmental habitats.
Developers have plans to repurpose the recreational area and the whole of Beachwood golf course. The habitat of the "tiny 10" and other creatures together with the playgrounds of the residents of Durban North and beyond will be removed forever. The last development attempt was a lot smaller but was set aside in Court anyway. That's because the title deeds of the land reserve it for golf course and other recreational uses-it's been that way for 75years and if you want it to remain that way then add your name to the petition so that the judges of this latest proposal can hear from you! Please take 1 minute to sign the petition to save the Beachwood https://forms.gle/FJThTqGuc2LkyoQ57
We encourage South Africans to join our efforts in protecting South Africa's Greenspaces especially our Mangrove Forests. Human impact such as dredging, filling, water pollution from herbicides and coastal developments have all lead to mangrove erosion and habitat destruction. When mangrove forests are cleared and destroyed, they release massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.
Their above-ground roots slow down water flows and encourage sediment deposits that reduce coastal erosion. The complex mangrove root systems filter nitrates, phosphates and other pollutants from the water, improving the water quality flowing from rivers and streams into the estuarine and ocean environment.
Mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs are often found together and work in concert. The trees trap sediment and pollutants that would otherwise flow out to sea. Seagrass beds provide a further barrier to silt and mud that could smother the reefs. In return, the reefs protect the seagrass beds and mangroves from strong ocean waves. Without mangroves, this incredibly productive ecosystem would collapse.
Mangroves form the foundation of highly productive and biologically rich ecosystems; providing a home, nursery and feeding ground for a wide range of species.
It is estimated that during the past three decades 8,600 square kilometers of mangrove forests have disappeared We cannot afford to lose our Greenspaces. Losing mangroves will result in a loss of biodiversity.