As the usage of the FOSTER Reserves in the greater St Francis area continues to grow and with membership numbers doubling over the last year, the committee decided it was time to rebrand and develop a new website from scratch.

Trudi Malan volunteered to take on this challenging task. Working together with DNA Online and input from the committee, a new and much more user-friendly website was developed and launched last month.

The first task was to develop a new and relevant logo for FOSTER. This now incorporates the endemic red species plant – Satyrium princeps – in the green O, representing our reserves’ green areas.

The new website contains a wealth of information. This includes the details of the many trails to be found in the reserves. In addition, it has easy to download maps and tabs to help you identify a plant or animal species and general information about the reserves and FOSTER. Becoming a member is now also made very easy and includes a scanning option for payment. The website address remains unchanged, namely or simply Google – foster cape st francis.

The completely revamped trail maps, which were done with the help of Wentzel Coetzer of Conservation Outcomes, make the routes easy to follow. They also indicate the time the average person will take to walk them, the difficulty level and the length of the trail. Most people will be surprised as to how many trails there are in the 4 reserves. Visit the website to find out more and plan your next walk, hike or run. The website also features many photos taken by our members and some from the installed camera traps. Our thanks to Wentzel Coetzer from Conservation Outcomes, whose expertise made this task possible

As most of FOSTER’s work is around preserving the unique and beautiful flora of the area, all the plant species are listed. This gives the reader additional information about the plant, such as genus, vulnerability status and location. Very topical at the moment, as the flowers in our reserves are blooming, making the reserves well worth a visit.

An aerial map showing the location of the Seal Point, Irma Booysen, Seal Bay and Cape St Francis Nature Reserves is also helpful to locate and plan your walks depending on the weather and wind conditions.

The above gives you a taste of what information is available on the new website. Still, to really appreciate Trudi and the team’s work to revolutionise the website, please visit it at . We would also love to get your views and feedback. For the website to remain relevant, we will continue to update and improve it. Have fun!