Ecca Nature Reserve geology in the spotlight
Located 15km from Grahamstown, on the R67 to Fort Beaufort at the top of the Ecca Pass, the Ecca Nature Reserve has many features of historical, geological and botanical value. It is one of the few protected areas of Succulent Thicket. The reserve was proclaimed in 1985 and in the late 1980s, under the Chairmanship of the late Peter Jackson. The Grahamstown Branch of WESSA played a major role in coordinating its establishment – along with many other local organisations.
Truckloads of rubbish were removed, trails were laid out and marked, and two plinths – with information on the geology and biology of the reserve – were put up, one at each end of the reserve.
The local branch of WESSA has recently undertaken to replace the stolen plaque of the Bain Memorial, which was erected in the reserve by the National Monuments Council in recognition of Andrew Geddes Bain’s work – both as road builder and as the founder of Geology in South Africa. WESSA are also using the opportunity to renovate the information plinths, and replace/modify the general signboards.
In an exciting development, Dr Rose Prevec, palaeontologist at the Albany Museum, and Professor Steve Prevec of the Rhodes Geology Department, have also come on board, and with the support of the Geological Society of South Africa, are going to erect signboards highlighting the geological significance of the area. This is in line with the GSSA’s promotion of geoscience education, public education and the rapidly growing sec- Nikki Köhly: email@example.com, 046 603 7205, Tim Bull: firstname.lastname@example.org, 076 289 5122 Jenny Gon: email@example.com, 046 622 5822 Nick James: firstname.lastname@example.org, 082 575 9781 Philip Machanick: email@example.com, 046 603 8635.