Meadowridge Common is a small protected area of approximately 8 ha – a valuable remnant of the Critically Endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos. It contains as many as 137 different flowering plant species, of which four are listed as Endangered. These plants are representative of the almost 600 species that were collected by Dr William Frederick Purcell on the Bergvliet Farm between 1914 and 1919, and this collection can today be viewed in the Compton Herbarium at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Floral displays are at their best in spring, from September to October, and a number of insects, birds and amphibians, including the threatened Cape rain frog (Breviceps gibbosus), have been observed.
Meadowridge Common is managed by the City of Cape Town, with the help of the Friends of Meadowridge Common.
Due to its small size, isolated location and low numbers of some plant species, the risk of extinction is high. The invasion of kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum), pine trees (Pinus sp.), annual weeds, together with a lack of natural fires, suppress the natural vegetation. Other problems are uncontrolled dogs and soil that was dumped on the site over 20 years ago.
ADDRESS: Accessible from Edison Drive and Faraday Way, Meadowridge
OPENING HOURS: Not applicable
SIZE: 8 ha
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus or taxi
ACTIVITIES: Dog-walking, wildflowers, recreation
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Illustrated talks given upon request
FRIENDS GROUP: The Friends of Meadowridge Common assist with keeping the site clean and tidy, and controlling invasive alien species. The group keeps detailed botanical records, arranges spring walks, provides signage, and monitors the activities on the common. Contact them on 021 715 9206.
CONTACT: City Parks Tel 021 762 9180
Source: City of Cape Town (2010) City of Cape Town nature reserves: A network of amazing biodiversity. City of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.