PO BOX 1050, HOUGHTON
SOUTH AFRICA 2041
TEL: +27(0)11-646 4122
FAX: +27(0)11-646 1529
Secure from development in the heart of a continually expanding mega city,
Brenthurst plays a crucial role as a green lung and haven for wild life.
The garden has become the site for a number of conservation research projects on wildlife, specifically birds, butterflies, insects, honeybees and bats in urban environments, several of which also involve the transfer of skills.
Ongoing surveys are producing ever increasing bird and butterfly lists for urban Johannesburg, evidence of the attraction of veld grasses and indigenous shrubs and trees. Chameleons have also been reintroduced, with great success. Other creatures such as mongoose, frogs, reptiles and various small rodents have found their own way here, adding steadily to the diversity of life.
Research is also being carried out into the effects of electromagnetic devices, light pollution and scent on insect abundance and diversity.