ENVIRONMENT

The developers of Atlantic Beach Golf Estate won an award for their dedication and nature conservation during the development process. For more information on how to buy property on the magnificent Atlantic Beach Estate call Morris Pieterse on 021 553 3122, or email morris@atlanticbeach.co.za

The rolling dunes at Atlantic Beach form part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, recognised throughout the world for its diversity and richness of plant life.

One of this being Fynbos, the natural vegetation occurring along the coasts of the Western Cape. Most famous for its proteas (of which one, the king protea, is South Africa’s national flower), this small area of the Floral Kingdom, in fact, home to over 8000 species of plants. An astonishing 5000 of these do not occur anywhere else in the world and many are extremely rare and in danger of extinction. This is the smallest and, for its size, richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Supporting 8500 species of plants, it is of international ecological and conservation importance.

WILDLIFE

The Cape West Coast is home to many different animal species, many of which are rare or threatened. Atlantic Beach’s proximity to the coast, its natural vegetation and ephimeral pan mean that a wide variety of species may occur here.

Atlantic Beach has been planned to ensure that sufficient natural areas remain to provide a habitat for small animals. The adjacent nature reserve also harbours numerous animal species, and animals may migrate between the two areas. These include several small mammal species, antelope (buck), tortoises, skinks and chameleons and many birds, adding charm and life to Atlantic Beach.

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PLANTLIFE

Atlantic Beach lies in an area of rare, pristine strandveld vegetation. Strandveld is a type of Fynbos.

WHAT IS FYNBOS?
Fynbos is the indigenous vegetation of the Western Cape.
The world’s vegetation is divided into six plant kingdoms, and the fynbos kingdom is the smallest, yet most species-rich of all of these.
Over 8000 plant species occur within the fynbos kingdom.
Strandveld is a type of fynbos which occurs near the coast. It is increasingly threatened, and Atlantic Beach will help to conserve it. Many endemic, rare and threatened species occur here.

Indigenous: refers to plant or animal species which are native to an area.
Endemic: refers to plant or animal species which are native to an area, and occur nowhere else in the world.
Exotic: refers to plant or animal species which are not native to an area, but have been introduced from another area or continent.

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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT 

Following the Environmental Impact Assessment’s recommendations, an Environmental Management Programme (EMP) guided the development, resulting in Atlantic Beach’s sense of harmony and balance with nature.

Areas of indigenous vegetation remained intact.
Rare plants were identified, rescued and later replanted.
Milkwoods, a rare and protected species, remained intact.
Alien vegetation was removed.
Animals were not harmed, and were encouraged to migrate to the adjacent nature reserve.

A unique ephimeral pan was protected.
Archaeological sites were identified and protected.
A fence under construction, disturbing minimal surrounding vegetation. The fence between Atlantic Beach and the nature reserve was be constructed last, to allow small animals to move naturally into the surrounding nature reserve.

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