Friends of Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area

Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area has a Friends Group! FKRCA

"Friends" are a group of people who have decided to be doers rather than talkers. These people come together to work for the conservation of their natural environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

A special site like KRCA requires a lot of tender loving care in order to preserve its ecological integrity and in order to do so we need all the help and support we can get.

If you feel that you would like to get involved and want to join the Friends Group or if you would like to know more about the Friends of KRCA join our email group by sending a blank email to:

We are a group of volunteers affiliated to the Wildlife & Environmental Society of SA (WESSA) and constituted to conserve the biodiversity within the Conservation Area of the Kenilworth Racecourse grounds ensuring its sustainability socially, economically and ecologically.


Hack:   Hacks are held at Youngsfield Military Base every Monday at 08:30.  This varies from gentle weeding and pulling of alien saplings to the use of loppers, poppers and occasionally even chainsaws, and all levels of physical fitness and energy are catered for.   Be prepared for lots of fun.

Seasonal seed collecting:   Under the guidance of the Millennium Seed Bank, the Friends have assisted in collecting seeds not only for storage at the Millennium Seed Bank in Kew to ensure the future survival of our special species, but also for propagation and post-fire rehabilitation.

Plant Monitoring: Working with the conservation team, the Friends have played a key role in the pre- and post-fire plant monitoring on site. Despite the sound of it, this is not an activity reserved for the experienced or professionals, and assistance is always welcomed!

Walks:   Wonderful Spring Walks and Frog Walks and even Spider Walks are arranged.   These are extremely popular as the fauna and flora within the Conservation Area are quite unique with many species being endemic and/or on the Red Data List .

Evening talks:   Many evening presentations, given by experts in their  fields are arranged  throughout the year, but mostly during the winter months. Talks have ranged from ericas and spiders to wetlands in Australia.

Children’s Activities:   Conservation education is a passion of the KRCA People and Conservation Officer, and the Friends have many an opportunity to assist her when activities are arranged for school groups. In addition, annual Easter egg hunts and other exciting weekend and holiday activities are held for the community.


Why should you become a member?

As a member of the Friends, you will get to enjoy quality time within the Conservation Area while at the same time getting to know and understand the ecology of this very special area.

Throughout the year you will have free entrance to all the walks and talks and any other activities where a fee is charged.

Perhaps the most satisfying reason for joining the Friends is the contribution you will be making to preserving this pristine area which represents one of the last remnants of the critically endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, of which less than 1% remains.