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WAKEFIELD

Wakefield is based near Fort Nottingham in KwaZulu Natal at the base of the famous Drakensberg Mountain.

Mountain ranges are well-known for harbouring diverse and endemic species and therefore recognized for their high biodiversity and importance for the ecosystem services they provide. This is also true of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, which exhibit high endemism of both fauna and flora.

Wakefield farm, and the adjacent research center at Umgenipoort, offers huge opportunities for research. The area is magnificent and provides a range of diverse habitats at varying altitudes in which to conduct innovate and cutting-edge research in a breath-taking environment. No words can do justice to describe this area, with its breath taking scenery, and diverse flora and fauna. To single out, or elevate one aspect over the other is literally impossible, as the property displays an intricate web of relationships and interactions between the species which inhabit it. Read More...

This is a land of great contrasts, with gently rolling hills and valleys giving way to the jagged basalt peaks of the mountains. This, coupled with contrasting seasons, ensures an ever changing, ever rewarding experience, with its lush green and warm summers and often snow driven, cold dry winters. The Umgeni River flows at the base of the property, however there are wetlands, indigenous mist-forests and the rolling grasslands which are home to a variety of plants and animals, including many endemic, threatened and endangered species. In winter, the higher reaches may become spectacular snow-scapes, with the valley and peaks transformed into a wonderland of white. The contrast of colour and textures, of beauty and scale, are exhilarating.

Wakefield is also home to over 100 Nguni cattle, which are run holistically to ensure sound ecological management and are moved according to a grazing plan. Wakefield is private, but open to research opportunities. A number of research projects have been initiated. The research center on Umgenipoort is run and managed by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, however, there are collaborations with numerous collaborations with other national and international institutions.

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