Forest slowly blossoming again after the recent rains

The recent rains have brought back the beautiful image we have always known of the forest. During the dry season, some of the young trees and shrubs dry up while others are fed on by maasai cattle that frequently invade the forest. Tree poachers also take advantage when there is little undergrowth to chop down a few trees as they can spot patrolling rangers from far and escape.

densetrees sprouting up

After the rains, things have changed as the forest is densely covered with vegetation. Most of the Maasai herders have gone back to their places as there are pastures. Poachers somehow have fears due to frequent arrests by rangers ambushing them in the thick forest cover.

densly covered

trees
The glades and seasonal rivers had dried, no water and vegetation for forest animals to graze on, but now it’s like a paradise. Some of the endemic trees that had been cut earlier are now regenerating and new ones sprouting up. It is our hope that the great efforts by Ngong Road Forest Association to fence the whole forest will come to fruition soon and save this precious forest from depletion, and keep it safe for the enjoyment of all now and in the future.

glade

glades
Story by N. O. Akach

THE STORY OF A FOREST

Ngong Road  forest complex have attracted great national, regional and international interest for its immense scientific, economic and social value. The forest is rich in biodiversity more specifically the bird species. In addition, these unique ecosystem provides a wide array of goods and services for local communities including; fuel, food, medicine,  and favorable environment. Ngong forest essence can be felt either within the vicinity or far from it.

Ngong Road Forest is a home to a bustling community of animals and reptiles and amphibians. Animals known to be living in the forest include; duikers, bush bucks bush pigs , sykes monkeys among others. Bird watchers have spotted over 200 different bird species within the forest these include owls, sparrows, weavers, vultures, starlings , narina trogons among others. It is also a home to a pair of  African crowned eagles.
Ngong Road Forest Association receives visitors with different interest. For this reason come enjoy all benefits of a forest in the city, be it in bird watching, forest walks, education, cycling, game watching, running, hiking among other activities.

TRAILS

Well labelled trails

BEAUTIFUL TRAILS

Beautiful nature trails

BIRD WATCHING

Bird watching of over 200 bird species

AT THE DAM

The racecourse dam

the hives

The Apiary maintained by the community

TREE NURSERY

Story & Pictures by Esther Githaiga

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ECOLOGY STUDIES

On Tuesday and Wednesday we hosted Braeburn International School for their ecology studies. On each day they were divided into four groups. Upon their arrival they were welcomed and ushered into the education center where they were briefed by the project Coordinator . Their areas of study were the woodland habitat, grassland habit and aquatic habitat.

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students are briefed at the Education centre
In the grassland Habitat they were to find out how many organisms were there in a particular area where they were supposed to measure out a certain area of 10 meters by 10 meters. They were then to drop the quadrant randomly in the measured area and use the mathematical way to estimate the number of organisms then record the number of plants found. Another activity that was conducted in the grassland habitat was that the kids were to use sweep net to catch invertebrate into the sweep net then record the no. and the type of invertebrate in there booklet.

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At the grasslands
They then headed to the aquatic habitat here they were supposed to use the pond dipping method which is a very basic but effective way of surveying organisms in a pond is t pond dip using a hand held net.  They then emptied them on a plastic water tank and tallied them and record them in their booklets.

at the seasonal river

river

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Finally they headed to the woodland habitat here they were expected to survey invertebrates in trees and bushes using a beating method which involves the shaking or beating of branches to dislodge the insects, which then falls onto a white cloth that was placed at the base of tree and shrubs, which then was trapped into a viewing tube to help them take a closer view.

at the woodland habitat

at the woodlands

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Nairobi’s Hospice Charity walk a great success

On Saturday we hosted the annual Nairobi’s  Hospice Charity walk. Nairobi Hospice is a charity caring for patients with life limiting illnesses such as cancer, HIV and Aids. The theme of the walk was “Chose to add life to their day not just days to their life.” The event was  a success and attracted over 3,000 participants.

at one of the check points

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parcitipants registering

walking

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Ngong Road Community members exhibit their products at the Nairobi’s International Trade Fair

For the whole of this week Ngong Road Community Association members  will be exhibiting some of their products at the Nairobi’s international Trade Fair . Kindly visit their stand which will be  at the Kenya Forest Service Stand and support them by buying their products.

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community display

community productspure honey

 

tye and dye kangas

 

 

SANCTUARY TO HOST NAIROBI HOSPICE ANNUAL CHARITY WALK

On Saturday 26th September 2015  the Sanctuary will host the Nairobi Hospice annual charity walk. The walk is aimed at raising funds to help care for patients with life limiting illnesses such as Cancer, HIV and Aids among others.
Preparations are underway to ensure that the event is of great success.

preparations

marking trails

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preparations

smiles on their faces

parcitipants walking

walking

previous hospice annual charity walks

 

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TREE PLANTING EVENT A SUCCESS

On Friday we hosted staff members of Syngenta East Africa Limited for a tree planting event which was a  great success. They got  to interact with community members that are around the forest and exchanged  ideas on how to conserve the environment.

SYGENTA COMMUNITY

 

SYNGENTA

Ngong Road Forest community members interact with Syngenta staff members

planting the seedlings

SANCTUARY TO HOST A TREE PLANTING EVENT

  Due to its uniqueness of being and indigenous forest within a city, and given that’s its only 6km from the city center, various organizations are finding it a perfect destination for their corporate day event, due to the many attractive sites it offers.On Friday we will be hosting Syngenta East Africa Limited  staff members for a tree planting event, after which  they will enjoy a picnic at our serene quiet environment.  Plans are underway to make the event a success.
PREPARATIONS
PITTING FOR SEEDLINGS
PITTING
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Previous corporate tree planting event
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NGONG ROAD FOREST: SECTION ONE

We   the interns at the Ngong Road Forest Association made an unforgettable visit to  Section One of Ngong Road Forest.

section one

During our visit we learnt of the different types of trees, birds, shrubs, insects. we managed to spot various species of birds like; the red eyed dove, bee eater Sunbird, Africa fish eagle and the gross beak weaver.

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One of the many species of bugs

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insect

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Species of caterpillars

We also discovered lovely peaceful picnic sites near the Miotoni dam.

picnic site
We got a chance to learn different shrubs and tree species.

black eyed susan

flower
The community members neighboring the forest have established and manage a tree nursery within the forest with different species of trees available for sale. The trees are planted within the forest, to help maintain the salinity of the forest while others are sold to the public, the money gained from the sale offer an alternative source of income for the community members.

tree nursery

tree nursery (a)

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Story by: Beatrice, Lucie

EDUCATIONAL VISIT AT THE SANCTUARY

How can one forget a big day like this, this particular chilly Saturday morning was one pupils from Moi Education Center had long waited for, a chance for them to explore a new environment. One could not help but notice how the music from the Narina trogon and the Yellow rumpled tinker bird caught their attention, as we ushered them into the Education Center.

ORIENTATION HALL
They quickly settled down for a brief presentation about the sanctuary’s history, purpose and responsibility both to the Forest and the Community.
The walk started at around 10:30AM, the pupils were divided into groups of three, with each group having an assigned Teacher, Ranger and a Guard.

GROUP WALK

FOREST WALK

When we got to the broken bridge, a brief orientation was given bringing light to the history behind the name. The art on the rocks got the pupils fascinated they could not help but take pictures.

ART  ART 1
After a short re-energizing snack break near the seasonal river Miotoni, We visited the scenic caves, the idea of hyenas living in the caves and the smell of their hunt got the kids so excited.

BROKEN BRIDGE
CAVE2 CAVE
Not even the environmental conservation films could contain the excited pupils, so as lunch was being prepared, the children had fun playing football and horse riding.

GAMES

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Story and Pictures by Margaret