The City of Cape Town's Invasive Species Unit is calling on all residents to report sightings of  the invasive Australian bluebell creeper (Billardiera heterophylla). This internationally notorious invasive creeper can be identified by its delicate blue, bell-shaped flowers. As part of the invasive species Early Detection and Rapid Response programme,…
The invasive, South American, Madeira vine (Anredera cordifolia) is an unwanted invader in the City of Cape Town.  With soft, heart-shaped leaves and small white star-shape flowers, this vine may look harmless. However, in Cape Town...  the Madeira vine is known to cause ecological damage as it strangles and displaces any…
Partnerships are crucial to improving the management of invasive species.  Since 2009, the City of Cape Town Invasive Species Unit (ISU) has maintained a superb working partnership with the National Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) Natural Resources Management Programme (NRMP). The aim of the partnership has been to control the…
Make sure you know the difference and do not harm our indigenous insects! The two invasive wasps which are plagueing Cape Town residents look markedly different than the indigenous paper wasps and our local Cape honey bees. Invasive wasps have a numerous negative effects on local fauna, including out-competing and,…
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