Everton Conservancy

Established in 1991, Everton Conservancy is the oldest urban conservancy in South Africa. Located west of Durban within the Ethekwini Municipality and upstream of the important Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty renowned for the richness of its biodiversity. There are, for instance, ten times more tree species in Everton than in all of Europe. Riparian and scarp forests, grasslands and wetlands provide a diversity of habitats which support viable populations of bushbuck, blue and grey duiker, bush pig, genet, vervet monkey, several mongoose species, tree and rock dassie, porcupine and bushbaby. Serval and caracal have been spotted too on rare occasions. Birdlife is prolific with more than a 100 species recorded, including Narina Trogon, Kynsna and Purple-crested Turacos and the mighty African Crowned Eagle which is now an endangered species.

Everton’s gorge, carved by the Molweni River extends to the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve and incorporates extensive areas of the Durban Metropolitan Open Space System (D’Moss.) A number of accessible trails meander through this beautiful riparian forest providing excellent opportunities for walkers to be immersed in nature.

Part of the Conservancy’s mandate is to preserve our rich, natural heritage and to that end we carry out constant invasive alien plant control programmes. A second responsibility is to guard the uniqueness of Everton which rests partially in the spacious high-quality environment. In recognising the ecological value of this area, the Municipality has recently introduced new zoning that will preserve the remaining untransformed open spaces bordering environmentally sensitive areas. This move will also extend the environmental integrity of the wider region.

All residents of Everton are automatically members of the Conservancy. Funding for on-going conservation projects is dependent on voluntary donations while the legendary annual Everton Garden Party also yields vital funds.