Hillcrest Conservancy is a group of volunteers who strive to observe and become involved with all environmental issues in order to meaningfully contribute to good conservation practice in co-operation with any relevant authorities.
Hillcrest Conservancy encompasses the area from Acutts Drive in the north and the M13 in the south, the ridge above West Riding, Kassier Road on the west and Ashley Drive on the east, including Springside Nature Reserve, an ecologically critical green lung which runs through Hillcrest Park.
Springside Nature Reserve
Springside Nature Reserve, proclaimed in 1948 and the flagship of Hillcrest Conservancy, is 20ha of rich biodiversity: forest, grassland and wetland. The forested areas provide shelter, nesting sites and food for many bird species; the grassland nurtures a multitude of indigenous wildflowers; and the natural wetland, among the few remaining in KZN, filters the stream, conserves water in droughts and reduces flood damage, whilst sustaining a vital wildlife habitat (see Flora and Fauna Species List).
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