In the early 1980’s the value of Doornkloof Private Nature Reserve was recognised, which lead to its establishment in 2000. Graham Beck was one of the first farms to be awarded WWF Conservation Champion Status, and together with other neighbouring farms, they started the conservancy in September 2006. With time, the conservation awareness from other landowners increased which eventually saw the establishment of the Rooiberg Breederivier Conservancy on 30 November 2006 and is an affiliation and geographical area registered with Cape Nature.
The area covered by the Conservancy is the region from Goreeshoogte outside Robertson to the Nuy Valley including the Langeberg and Rooiberg Mountains, and the Breede River to the south.
And today we have 26 members (landowners), covering an area of roughly 16 000 hectares. Our members receive considerable benefits from being part of the conservancy including financial assistance for alien clearing, tourism promotion, assistance with fire planning and collaboration in firefighting.
Our mission is to support sustainable resource utilisation, and the conservation of fauna and flora and their habitats in the Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy for the benefit of present and future generations through active participation, communication and education to communities.
We are fortunate to have two reserves within our boundaries, who do amazing conservation work.
Graham Beck Wines
financially supports the conservancy and has a game reserve, whereby 1,978 hectares under conservation, and focuses on veld and game management, control of soil erosion, bio-energy solutions, waste management, environmentally-sensitive pest and disease control, environmental education, conservation incentives, external auditing and upskilling in the community.
Read more at: https://grahambeck.com/legacy/initiatives/environmental
Doornkloof Nature Reserve
Declared as a Private Nature Reserve in 2000, it protects the healthy functioning of fynbos and renosterveld ecosystems.
See some of their amazing footage here: https://web.facebook.com/Doornkloof-Nature-Reserve-496922217048438/?_rdc=1&_rdr
Why Should This Area be Protected?
The Rooiberg Breederivier Conservancy, is comprised of the Fynbos Biome (inclusive of Fynbos and Renosterveld) and the Succulent Karoo Biome. Both biomes are globally recognised biodiversity hotspots as they contain the majority of threatened plant species in the province. 14 distinct vegetation types occur within the Conservancy, 4 of which listed Threatened vegetation types: Breede Alluvium Renosterveld (Endangered), Breede Alluvium Fynbos (Endangered) Muscadel Riviere (Critically Endangered) and Breede Sand Fynbos (Vulnerable).
This area has been identified as one of the top priority areas for conservation by the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme (SKEP), the WWF initiated Lesley Hill Succulent Karoo Trust and the National Protected Area Expansion Strategy.
Creating a conservation corridor
Here securely nestled between the Langeberg and the Riversonderendberge lies the Breederiver.
This natural corridor is extremely important to sustain wildlife that commute between the two mountain ranges. It represents valuable climate corridors that we need to protect and was identified by Cape Nature as vast patches of Critical Biodiversity Areas (CBA). WWF and The Table Mountain Fund, regard this as one of 6 areas in the Western Cape that need protection and The Lesley Hill Foundation created a fund to conserve aspects of this area. The Wilderness foundation and its Karoo Conservation Fund (funded by The Game Reserve Wines partnership Graham Beck and now Rooiberg cellar), indicated that it will be one of its priority conservation support spots in the Western Cape.
It is also an area regarded by the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Program (SKEP) as critical to conserve for future generations.
We will have to commit ourselves today towards the creation and protection of a corridor that will ensure future diversity survival around us.
WWF / The Wilderness Foundation/ The Lesley Hill foundation/ Table Mountain Fund and Cape Nature have indicated that it will assist towards the creation of the corridor.