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TREE PLANTING EVENT A SUCCESS

Over the years, population increase in Nairobi has led to overcrowding in the few leisure spots available the sanctuary is therefore timely into offering yet another alternative. Due to its uniqueness of being an indigenous forest within a city, and given that its only 6 kilometers from the city center.Various organizations have found the Sanctuary as a perfect destination for their corporate day events due to the many attractive sites it offers.

 Hence on Friday we hosted Waridi events company Limited staff members for a tree planting event which was a success. They arrived at around 11am and were welcomed by the project coordinator who gave them a brief history of Ngong Forest Sanctuary.

After the brief introductions they headed straight to the tree planting site where the project coordinator demonstrated to them on how to plant a seedling. They then got down to business and started planting the seedlings.  After the planting session they then went for walk through the nature trails before heading to the picnic site for refreshments and games.

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Mr.  Simon the project coordinator demonstrates on how to plant the seedling

the tree planting begins

The tree planting starts

they enjoy digging the holes themselves

They decide to dig holes themselves

happy with work wel done they pose for a pic

they pose for a picture after they are done with planting

nature trail walk

taking a walk in one of the nature trails

at the picnic center

at the picnic center for refreshments & games

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SANCTUARY TO HOST A TREE PLANTING EVENT

Tomorrow Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary will be hosting a tree planting event. Preparations are underway to make the event a success.

PITTING

 

PITTING FOR SEEDLINGS

Pitting for seedlings

If you are interested in planting a tree/ trees  kindly get in touch with us through:

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MOTHS INVADE HIVES

The Sanctuary works close with communities that are adjacent to the sanctuary in awareness campaigns to inculcate the culture of sustainable use of natural resources, hence every Wednesday community women who have installed hives at the Sanctuary come for their normal inspection. This time they were accompanied by a few members of Honey care Africa.  Once they had changed into the beehive suits they headed straight to the apiaries. The women complained there were “big butterflies” attacking the hives. Upon investigations they discovered that what was attacking the hives is known as the Wax Moth. One of the members from Honey care Africa educated the women on what the Wax Moth was the effects it caused on the hives and the preventive measures.

CHANGING INTO THE BEE HIVES SUITS

Changing into the bee hives suits

COMMUNITY WOMEN PREPARING THE SMOKERS

Community women preparing the smokers

 They learnt that the Wax moth occur around the world wherever bees are kept. They learnt that the wax moth larvae are very destructive and can quickly destroy stored beeswax combs.  They are attracted to the hives by the smell of wax .They tunnel and chew through combs, particularly combs that contain brood and pollen. Wax moths can destroy colonies but typically only colonies that have become weak due to other issues. A strong colony does well to kill the adult wax moth if she enters the hive.

INSPECTING HIVES

Inspecting the hives

INSPECTING ONE OF HTE HIVES INFESTED WITH MOTHS

one of the hives infested by  moths

This is not the case when a hive is weak or if a strong colony has too much unprotected comb. The adult wax moth only lives a few days and does not eat or drink. She flies into a beehive and slips past the guard bees and finds her way to a vacant corner inside the hive. There she begins to lay her eggs. She lays her eggs about 4-10 days which are around 300-600 eggs. Wax moth Larvae can crawl and enter surrounding hives as well. Once in the larva stage the wax moth tunnels its way through the comb eating honey, pollen and sometimes beeswax, preferring darker comb, and finally spins its cocoon about 19 days later. These cocoons then burrow into the wood as the population of wax moths grow, the remaining bees will finally flee.

REMOVING A LAVAE FROM ONE OF THE HIVES

Removing a larvae  from one  one of the hives

 They learnt that the best control against wax moths is to have a strong colony they also learnt that too much empty space will give small hive beetles and wax moths room to spread and that weak colonies in large hives are very inviting to wax moths. They were told to keep their colonies tight and strong.

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MORE TREES MASSACRED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE ROAD

As the construction of the Southern Bypass progresses, more trees have had to be sacrificed.

Was it so difficult for the Kenya Forest Service to apply its authority in directing that the Road only goes through sections with least trees to avoid all this damage?

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Simon Bypass pics 003

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NGONG FOREST PRIMARY VISITS THE SANCTUARY

Poaching has significantly reduced the number of Sunnis and duikers in the sanctuary. On several occasions during the rangers normal patrols they have come across a group of boys accompanied by a pack of dogs armed with clubs and pangas and on several occasions they have been seen carrying dead duikers and Sunnis  Hence the sanctuary saw that there was need to educate the schools adjacent to Ngong Forest on the importance of conservation and poaching. Invitation letters were sent out inviting the schools  to learn more on conservation and poaching.

On Friday we hosted Ngong primary school one of the school we had invited, they arrived at 9:30 am and were welcomed and ushered to the Education center by the Project coordinator.  They were shown the mounted species of butterflies and beetles of which all of them had been trapped at the sanctuary.  The project Coordinator Mr. Simon Nganga gave them a brief history about the Sanctuary and later gave a brief talk on the effects of poaching and the importance of conservation.

assembled in the hall

Students assembled in the hall

 

simon Nganga giving a talk

Mr Simon- project coordinator giving a talk 

Some of the effects he shared was that it affects every aspect of an ecosystem not only is it illegal but it affects animals in many ways. The biggest impact of poaching is that it decreases the animal’s population.  After he was through with the talk he handled them to the rangers who took them for a walk through the nature trails educating them about conservation.  They later watched a film on the effects of poaching and as they left they vowed never to poach any animal and also to educate their neighbours on the importance of conservation and the effects of poaching.

in one of the nature trails

students in one of the nature trails

one of the rangers giving a talk

One of the rangers sharing on the importance of conservation

watching a film

Watching a film on the effects of poaching

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THE SOUTHERN BYPASS: DEVELOPMENT VERSUS CONSERVATION.

A while ago, we highlighted the various ways that the Southern Bypass was impacting on the Ngong Road Forest ecosystem.  What was once one continuous ecosystem was split into five separate forest sections to give way for the development of the bypass. This segmentation brought with it many conservation challenges both in terms of management and the ecological losses arising from habitat loss.

 The Five forest sections (click here to see)

 

The construction of the Ngong Road-bypass intersection, now underway, has seen the Kenya Forest Service sacrifice more forest land to create space for this new development. Sadly, the four slip roads that form a clover leaf intersection will see the forest loose thousands of trees, especially the endangered Silver Oak species that happen to fall in the roads way.

 The  Ngong Road- Bypass intersection (click here to see )

It is sad that this has had to happen as it is already a concluded matter. We have lost biodiversity that has taken decades to form and will take even more to replace.

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Silver oak logs ready for transport

silver oak logs ready for transport

It is difficult trying to maintain the delicate balance between development and conservation. As a society, we need both but so far, conservation seems to be on the loosing end.

Resedential houses next to the forest

 Residential houses next to the forest.

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The Apiary

An Apiary is also known as a bee yard is a place where bee hives are kept. Traditionally bee keepers also known as apiarists paid land rent in honey for use In  small parcels. The best place for an apiary is just on the edges of the forest where the bees just find enough to feed on. The bees just find enough food in the forest in various flowers and in summer they take advantage of the entire forest’s flora.

Hence the Sanctuary recognizes the importance of ensuring projects are relevant to the adjacent communities. The trust seeks to play a role in poverty alleviation by establishing projects that are beneficial to the communities but at the same time environmentally friendly.

Currently a women group from Kibera, Ngando and Mutoini has installed 200 hives in the bee keeping enterprise. The women devotedly visit the hives every Wednesday to check on the progress of the hives. Their effort has yielded results as they harvest honey after every 3 to 4 months which they later sell.

the apiary

The Apiary

the hives

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The hives

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Community women inspecting the hives

The project has not been without challenges and the major one being the baboons that constantly destroy the hives in their quest for Honey. To stop the baboons from destroying their apiaries, the women have resolved into  chaining the broad and the super box together using the supporting wires. Any attempt by the baboons to access the honey will only provoke the bees and you can guess what will happen.

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Hives that had previously been destroyed by the baboons

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SONG, WALK AND DANCE FOR THE GIRLS IN THE SANCTUARY

By sunset on Friday, all was ready for the much awaited Saturday’s Starehe Girls Charity walk. This however did little to guarantee the organizing teams, both from the Sanctuary and the Schools of sound and comfortable sleep as they had to be on the ground by 5.30am just to ensure all was still well as they embarked on the final touches.

Unlike most of the other events we’ve hosted that usually kick off at nine, this was a rather unusual one as most participants, who mostly comprised of school children had arrived well before seven, all beaming with energy and excitement.

gathered at the venue

Gathered at the venue

The Starehe Boys Band spiced up the event by joining their sisters in their well choreographed and harmonized melodies in support of the girls.

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starehe girls and boys band

The Starehe boys’ band

At the end of the walk, many were amazed at just how the beautiful nature trails had made a 10km walk appear quite short. It was then time to appreciate the various categories of participants, with the most striking ones being the youngest and the oldest participants.

jubilated to have finished the race

happy to finish the walk

participants celebrate  at the end of the walk

the oldest parcitipant

The oldest participant receives a certificate

the youngest girl parcitipant

The youngest girl  participant receiving a certificate

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The youngest boy participant receiving a certificate and a trophy

For those who would wish to hold an event in the sanctuary in future, please contact us on office@ngongforestsanctuary.com for arrangements.

 

SANCTUARY TO HOST CHARITY WALK IN SUPPORT OF STAREHE GIRLS CENTRE

In some years past, and still happens in some areas, Charity Walks used to be held on city roads, in which case the roads or streets in question would have to be closed from vehicular traffic, safe for the few necessary like for Security and First Aid.  In such a scenario, participants are usually exposed to the scotching sun for hours as they persevere the noise, air and other form of pollution from all around the route.  The aforementioned closure of closure of some roads for the purpose of the event translates into massive traffic jams in the adjacent streets with the end result being an agonizing day for both the motorists and the walkers which may at times dim all the good intentions the walk was intended to achieve.

Many organizers of such events have come to realize this and are now turning to natural environments as they are more serene, lass polluted and in fact guarantees the participants a refreshing feeling at the end of the event.

 

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Outdoor Center

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Race Course Dam

The Riara Group of Schools will be holding a Charity Walk in aid of Starehe Girls Centre at the Sanctuary tomorrow. 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.

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Participants at a past event

For those who would wish to hold an event in the sanctuary in future, please contact us on office@ngongforestsanctuary.com for arrangements.

HONEY CARE AFRICA VISITS THE SANCTUARY

The Sanctuary recognizes the importance of ensuring that projects are relevant to adjacent communities. It therefore has included the neighbours in all stages of decision making and day to day management. The Trust seeks to play a role in poverty alleviation by establishing projects that are beneficial to the communities, but at the same time environmental friendly. The Sanctuary is working closely with the people in awareness campaign to inculcate the culture of sustainable use of natural resources.

Currently a women group from Kibera Ngando and Mutoini slums has installed 200 hives in a bee keeping enterprise.  Recently we hosted a group of people from Honey Care Africa they wanted to inspect the hives.   After their arrival they were welcomed and given a brief background about the Sanctuary.

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Mr Simon  Ngong Forest’s Project coordinator briefing the guests

 

They were then led to the bee hives led by Ranger Steve Kamotho in the company of some of the community women. Once they got to the beehives the women went ahead to demonstrate how they carry out their inspections daily. Some of the visitors despite wearing bee suits were still afraid to   get near the hives but after some encouragements they went near to get a clear view on how the inspection was carried out.

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Fully dressed in bee inspection suits

inspecting the bee hives

Inspecting the hives

They were really impressed by the work the community women were doing and urged them to keep up the good work.

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