How to Responsibly Interact with Wildlife and Nature

Appreciating Dainfern’s environment and wildlife without doing any damage

For most of us, being in Dainfern gives you that tranquil, calm feeling of being far from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Much of that feeling comes from the elements of nature and wildlife that surrounds the estate, from the Jukskei River that flows through lush fields, to the songful tweets of birds that fill the air. This feeling attracts us all to the footpaths and trails inside Dainfern, and may have you wondering “how can I preserve this feeling for a lifetime?”

One of the ways you can ensure that Dainfern remains a natural getaway in the heart of the city is by respecting the environment around you. The wildlife that exists right outside our door is there to be appreciated and responsibly treated. Here are a few ways you can ensure you’ll never overstep mother nature while enjoying a day out in Dainfern:

Dainfern Nature Do’s

You can respect the environment around you by:

  • Being mindful of nature and wildlife
  • Cleaning up trash and waste when you see it
  • Try to consume less, and reuse and recycle more
  • Enjoying the fresh air and outdoors

In terms of spotting wildlife in Dainfern:

  • Admire birds and other creatures from a respectful distance (using binoculars are a great option)
  • Take pictures(without disturbing the wildlife)
  • Share wildlife spottings with others, especially children, and teach them about the value of wildlife

Dainfern Nature Don’ts

In terms of the general environment, you can

  • Never waste water
  • Don’t throw rubbish on the ground
  • When putting out cigarettes, don’t leave a lit bud (as this can cause fires) and always throw the bud in the bin
  • Try to never leave demarcated pathways and trails
  • Don’t try to damage or vandalise things around you

When it comes to wildlife, it is important to remember all animals in nature are still considered wild, even if they aren’t threatening or dangerous. In order to respect wild animals, you should:

  • Never chase or harass wildlife

This is their home too, and we want them to feel comfortable and safe in their home

  • Don’t feed wildlife

There is a great chance that anything you have to offer an animal isn’t a part of their natural diet, which means that feeding them could lead to serious problems. You may think you are helping the animal, but could actually be hurting them instead

  • Keep wildlife out of your pets reach

As much as possible, try to prevent your pets from attacking or trying to eat wildlife like frogs, birds and other creatures. This not only affects the wildlife population but can also make your pet really sick

  • Avoid touching wildlife

No touching, no matter what. Not only could you be harming the animal, but the animal could sting, bite or harm you too.

Sharing in caring

Share your knowledge with those around you- teach children the same rules and emphasise a respect of the environment. Inform others about the importance of conservation and protection of our environment. The more you educate one another, the better the results. Let’s leave the smallest ecological footprint on our planet – together.

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