We have a lot of undocumented lessons to learn from Mother Nature. With an open mind, we can learn how to co-exist with her, use her natural resources without abusing her generosity. One way of doing this is by being out into the world understanding the circle of life.
My thirst for adventure on this particular day took me to Section One of Ngong Road Forest. The forest within the city is divided into several sections with each section offering its visitors the adventure they seek be it; Bird Watching, Nature Walks or botanical studies. This section is the smallest compared to the rest,it has numerous man made trails that make it easy for everyone to maneuver within the forest.It’s a whole new world to be discovered; insects, different species of Trees, mammals, flowers and many others.
A seasonal river that runs through the forest
There are two dams in this section of the forest the upper and Lower Dam
But with all that beauty, it attracts people with the wrong intentions; Example this Brachylaena huillensis (muhugu) was cut down for wood curving before the section was fenced but with the erection of an electric fence and employment of more rangers logging has significantly reduced.
The establishment of the Tree nursery has helped create employment to the community members who live around the forest . The Seeds are also sold to visitors to help generate income. Some of the tree seedlings available include: Juniperus procera (Mutarakwa), Grevillea robusta (Mukima), Warburgia ugandensis, Aliziagum mifera, Eucalyptus globulus (Blue Gum), Eucalyptus maculata, Eucalyptus saligna,
Story and Pictures by: Margaret
With the implementation of the New Forest Act of 2005, all State Forests in the country are to be managed and protected by Community Forest Associations (CFAs) in collaboration with the Kenya Forest Service. Such Associations consist of Communities living around a particular Forest together with any other parties who may have an interest.There is now in existence the Ngong Road Forest Association, of which the Trust is a member of the Management Board.
In view of this, The Trust will be ceasing all its activities on the ground as of 30th June 2015 and transferring all Staff and Assets to that Association including the Website and Blog.The Trust will continue in existence, to assist the Association where possible and with its charitable status work on ‘Fund raising’.
We take the opportunity to thank you all for your generous support in the past and would course be most appreciative of any further support, either direct or to the Association in the future. All below programs that were initiated by the Trust will continue running normally under the Association;
The Ngong forest community members met for their weekly meeting today. On their agenda, they embarked on their tie and dye lesson. This project has helped improve their lives, it being an alternative source of income.
There are various steps to be followed which include;
Step One: Cutting the material
Step Two: folding of the material
Step Three: folding material into triangles
Step Four: tying the material tightly with a rubber band
Step Five: soaking it in clean hot water, then in dyed hot water one side
Step Six: soaking the other side with a different dye
Step Seven: unfolding and drying it in the sun
And this is the final product
story by: Esther Pictures by: Margaret
On Saturday 6th June 2015, Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary Trust hosted the Third Annual Starehe Girls Center Charity Walk aimed at raising funds to educate financially disadvantage girls from all the counties of Kenya.The walk attracted over 3,000 participants who were mainly schools from around Nairobi.
The walk begins
taking a breather
The muddy trails the participants walked through
some of the beautiful sceneries the participants came across
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For the third time now, Riara Group of Schools will be holding a Charity Walk in aid of Starehe Girls Centre at the Sanctuary on Saturday 6th June 2015.
This is the Starehe Girls’ Centre 11th Academic Year and a major milestone given the support they have continued to receive in sustaining a Centre of Excellence in education for brilliant and needy girls. The school has continued to grow with forty (40) additional girls joining every year.
For the many participants that will turn up for the walk, it will be a great chance to interact with nature and they walk for a worthy course, talk of double benefits.
Many organizers of such events have come to realize this and are now turning to natural environments as they are more serene, less polluted and in fact guarantee the participants a refreshing feeling at the end of the event.
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Yesterday my colleague and I joined one of the rangers in their normal patrols in the deepest parts of the forest. We were in section 4 of the forest. We came across a large nest that belonged to the African crowned eagle that was about to nest. Female African eagles are usually larger than the male eagles. Some of the other species of birds that we came across are Grey backed camaroptela, Narina trogon, Black backed puff back and Bugler fetched weaver.
We also came across the Miotoni Stream which is seasonal which was actually challenging to cross as there was no bridge to cross on to the other side and also visited caves. Later on we visited the glade where we found various footprints of a hyena and a bush buck. Finally, we passed by at Ngong racecourse dam where we found Egyptian goose, yellow billed duck and an African black duck.
It was a tough day paddling through the muddy trails due to the heavy rains but was an interesting one.
A story by Catherine and Charles interns
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During the first week at Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary we analyzed visitors’ records for the past two years and did a summary of the same. We made a visit to Ngong road forest section five where we visited one of the neighbour’s of the section for horse ridding. Being our first experience we found it hard to ride the horses, but with a help from one of their staff we found out that it was very easy and interesting.
Later in the week we went for a forest walk to familiarize ourselves with the forest and to identify various species of trees and birds. We managed to identify some tree species such as Rawsonia lucida, poison arrow tree and Zanthoxylum usambarense. Some species of birds such as Red collared widow bird, Cinnamon chested bee eater and Northern double collard Sunbird.
at the orientation banda
It was an enjoyable week especially being the first week.
Story by Catherine & Charles – Interns
Members from Kibera and Dagoretti have formed a community Based Organization called Ngong Road Forest Community Association, which then joined the Umbrella Ngong Road Forest Association through which they are able participate in the management of the forest and in turn gain some benefits. The members participate in various projects likes, briquettes making, Soap making, Antiseptic making and Weaving (for women).
Recently at the Ngong road forest sanctuary we were able to introduce to the community members an alternative way of earning income by introducing a tie and dye concept .we invited a trainer who taught the members how to decorate pieces of clothes to make beautiful lessos and kangas for women. This concept is to discourage the community members from engaging in illegal forest practices and to raise money for their upkeep.
story by Jeniffer, Maureen, Pauline and Patrick
Various organizations have found the sanctuary as a perfect destination for their corporate day events due to the many attractive sites it offers and its uniqueness of being an indigenous forest within a city and given that its only 6km from the city. Hence on Saturday for the third time running Ngong road forest sanctuary hosted the chase foundation charity walk. The walk that was dubbed “stand up for African mothers” attracted Over 4000 participants the walk’s main aim was to raise funds for reducing maternal deaths in rural areas through the training of midwives.
Story by Patrick, Jeniffer, Maureen, Pauline and Esther.
Bird ringing is the marking of an individual bird uniquely. It involves placement of special rings on birds or other markers like dye, radio transmitters and satellite tags. This activity involves catching the birds using traps or nets and then extraction of the birds from the nets is done by trained and competent persons. The birds are then placed in bird bags and carried to a ringing station. At the station various activities are carried out like bird identification, measurements of wings, skulls, tarsus and weight. After the ringer collects all information needed they record it in a data book and then put a ring on the bird and release it in hope of trapping them in future.
Ngong road forest sanctuary has stood out as a destination for bird ringing because it hosts several bird species. On Thursday 19th experts from the national museum visited the sanctuary to do bird ringing. Their main interest in catching the birds was to identify parasites in birds. This group of four people engaged us in the activity whereby we were able to carry out the activity from Thursday to Saturday. It was a very successful activity as were able to catch various bird species and we successfully carried out the activity of ringing and collecting all the information that was required.
story by Jeniffer Maina.