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Conservation land broadly refers to all the natural areas within the North and South Central Local councils. On a specific level, this targets all our Nature Reserves and green areas which are linked via a system which is unique to Durban, known as D’MOSS (Durban Metropolitan Open Space System). Briefly, the Council has created green corridors which meander through Durban, joining vital core areas of conservation significance and allowing fauna and flora an avenue along which they can travel, ensuring diversity and eliminating genetic isolation.
A series of foot trails permit the public the opportunity to experience this concept on a physical, mental and spiritual level. The Nature Reserves within the Council are Burman Bush Nature Reserve, Danville Park, Pigeon Valley Park, Seaton Park, Silverglen Nature Reserve and Virginia Bush Nature Reserve. The one reserve which best embodies the D’MOSS concept, with its indigenous vegetated Manning Road islands, is Pigeon Valley Park. Pigeon Valley Park is a Natural Heritage site, 10 hectares in size, consisting of coastal climax forest. It is a remnant of the Stella Bush which once covered most of the Berea Ridge. The reserve is named after the Bronze Naped Pigeon, whose type locality was the valley, although this bird is now sadly extinct in the region.
The Park is home to many splendid giant trees, which are indicative of this forest type. It was proclaimed primarily to protect the Natal White Stinkwood (Celtis mildbraedii), perhaps one of South Africa’s rarest trees. There are numerous large specimens at Pigeon Valley, an isolated nucleus within an ever-growing city. Another rare tree occurring at Pigeon Valley is the Natal Loquat (Oxyanthus pyriformis), a night flowering tree with sweetly scented blossoms. Pigeon Valley is an excellent destination for birders, with a checklist of well over 100 species. The ornithological jewel of the reserve is a rare winter visitor, known as the Spotted Thrush (Zoothera guttata). A visit to the reserve during the winter months will guarantee a sighting of this bird.
Mammal species present in the reserve include Blue Duiker (Cephalophus monticola), Large Spotted Genet (Genetta tigrina), Slender Mongoose (Galerella sanguinea), Water Mongoose (Atilax paludinosus), Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo), Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis) and Vervet Monkeys (Cercopithecus pygerythrus).
Trail guide brochures are available on request from the office or telephone 031 - 2051919. Guided trails/tours are conducted on request. The reserve is open throughout the year from 7h30 to 16h00. Facilities include public toilets and an information board. The reserve is fenced and pets are not allowed. The reserve is located in Princess Alice Avenue in Glenwood.