Today has been another very busy day. The congress started at 8:30 with speeches, two brilliant school choirs and then lectures. Laurens lecture was great and we also heard about work with medicinal plants in South Africa and other projects all over the world. As you can see we have put up our display and everyone has been really interested in our project.
The food here in South Africa is fantastic. We went to a resturant and we had Durban speciality, the Bunny Chow. Bunny Chow is a loaf of bread with the middle taken out and filled with curry. I will have to make some of this when I go home.
In the reserve as you know we found a number of different orchids. This is how. We walked around the reserve looking on the ground and up in the trees for anything that might be an orchid. In this tree sir wanted to get a better look. Luckily he didn’t fall out.
We must say a big thank you to Luke Barnes for keeping the Writhlington School Orchid Project website up to date with our news from Durban. He is brilliant.
Aww, Thank-you Durban Team!
The first orchid we managed to spot was the Satyrium longicauda, this was growing on the edge of a stream, in boggy ground. Mr Pugh-Jones says this is the most dramatic terrestrial orchid he has ever seen growing in the wild. I was pretty impressed too! In the reserve we did not just see orchids. We saw lots of other plants that we recognised like Clivia, Palms, tree fern and a large number of the Daisy family including a wild species of Gerbera. We also saw so amazing animals: a wide range of birds, zebra, impala, wildebeast, Vervent monkeys and creepy crawlies like enormous black and red millipedes. South Africa is a fantastic place. In the evening we registered at the congress and already have new friends from all over the world, cool. Good night from Durban.