The first confirmed sighting of the invasive Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer beetle (PSHB) – found in the City of Cape Town - has been announced. The sighting has been postively identified  by academic experts - Prof. Francois Roets (Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University) and Prof. Z. Wilhelm…
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…
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