The conservation biology department recently visited Xhora on the Wildcoast, SA. This is a ruggedly beautiful part of SA. A survey was made of new homesteads being built, the state of the roads and road building activities and an audit of vegetative die-off in the coastal dune forests.
Three disturbing observations:
More developments are taking place (homesteads) close to the coast, a number of mature milkwood trees have been cut and some are dying naturally and there is a lot of litter (plastics and the like) deposited along the coast and in the estuarine systems.