Patricia Holmes - Biodiversity Specialist

Before she started working for the City of Cape Town as their Biodiversity Specialist, Dr Patricia Holmes was an independent consultant specialising in plant ecology. Some of the projects she undertook include:

  • N1-N2 Toll Road EIA: Investigated the impact of the development of N1 and N2 toll roads on indigenous plants.
  • Restoring Sand Fynbos vegetation: Investigated how treating the soil in different ways affects the growth of lowland fynbos plants.
  • Working for Water Programme: Developed goals for restoring river-side vegetation after removing alien plants from river catchments.
  • Vegetation survey: Surveyed plants and drew up a species list for a private landowner in Bainskloof.
  • Lower Tokai Plantation studies: Studied the biodiversity of this site and drew up a management plan to restore the natural vegetation after pine trees were harvested.













Conservation Careers in the City of Cape Town
  • The City of Cape Town employs a small but committed team of people to manage its network of nature reserves.
  • Find out what some of these people do and how they feel about their work:
  Clifford Dorse - Area Manager   Tshepo Mamabolo - Reserve Manager
  Dalton Gibbs -Area Manager   John Hartnick - Stores and Gate Manager
  Erika Foot - Area Manager   Mzwandile (Zwai) Peter - Communications Manager
  Adele Pretorius - Reserve Manager   Bronwen Foster - Environmental Education Officer
  Lewine Walters - Reserve Manager   Patricia Holmes - Biodiversity Specialist