|Categories||Biodiversity, Birds, Communities, Mammals|
|Date||14 Aug 2000|
Fleur Ng'weno has lived in Kenya for 35 years, and has a long involvement with the East Africa Natural History Society. Through EANHS she instigated Wednesday Morning Birdwalks, birdwatching outings in or near Nairobi, introducing hundreds of Kenyans and visitors to the birdlife of Nairobi and providing a training ground for young scientists and nature guides.
Through these Birdwalks she discovered a small - some 25ha - but extraordinarily rich site for biodiversity bordering Nairobi National Park. The site comprises rocky outcrops, grassland and seasonal springs, pools and seeps. Surveys have already found over 350 species of plants, 250 species of birds and a good range of smaller mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
Mrs Ng'weno wishes to establish the 'Seasonal Wetlands Biodiversity Park' as an educational facility. To have such a site so close to the city is a rare resource. The site is privately owned and liable to development, however through the creation of a pragmatic management plan and the building up of public interest, Mrs Ng'weno hopes to gain Government support and thus secure the Park's future.