Re-seeding the reserves

Volunteers work our grazer exlusion plots

With the first rains of 2016-17 wet season, the volunteers get to work re-seeding our grazer exclusion plots. Dotted around the game reserve, these plots serve to re-introduce native nutritious grasses to the reserve. We exclude heavy grazers like zebra and wildebeest to give these species of grass a chance to grow tall enough, then spread their seeds on the rest of the reserve to re-establish them everywhere (then the grazers can eat them!)

 

 

Grass species include Panicum maximum, Cenchrus ciliaris, Digitaria eriantha and Eragrostis curvula. 

Panicum maximum is one of the most nutritious grasses we can hope to grow in the Tuli block. I rated it 6 out of 6 for palatability, nutrition and leaf growth.