"Guide to the environment of the Garden Route" is a comprehensive look at the natural world of the Cape Garden Route in South Africa. All articles were reviewed by specialists in their fields.
The contents include:
The vegetation of the Garden Route – an overview of plant biomes of the region: the Cape floristic kingdom (fynbos or Cape macchia), the Afromontane forests, and the Succulent Karoo, with notes about plantation forestrly
Checklist of trees of the Garden Route – with common names in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, brief descriptions of each species, and some notes about how man uses the species (including uses in traditional medicine, etc.)
Checklist of mammals of the Garden Route – with some notes on habits and habitat
Checklist of birds of the Garden Route – with common names in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and German. Includes a list of species likely to be found offshore (in the pelagic environment)
Checklist of reptiles of the Garden Route – with some notes on habit and habitat
The marine environment – a discussion about currents, tides and waves; the sea shore; the estuarine environment. Includes checklists of estuarine and pelagic fishes of the region, and of the marine mammals of the region.
The Knysna Lagoon – an in-depth look at the iconic lagoon of the Southern Cape Coast
Nearly 59,000 words!
This material was originally written for the now defunct Garden Route Regional Tourism Organisation.