Dennis Lupenga

Environmental Sensitivity

Linga Lifestyle - Environmental Sensitivity

Linga Winery is a safe haven for flora and fauna. Small as the winery garden is, with many mature indigenous trees and a variety of shrubs, it provides a cool secure home for a remarkable natural diversity and is a source of constant interest and joy. Wine production processes have the environment at the core, with reusing and composting being built in to a healthy production cycle. Part of the garden is left as a biodiversity hotspot encouraging flora and fauna to make use of it.

A wide variety of glorious birds visit the winery and a Cape Turtle dove is a permanent bringer of Peace. Livingstone’s Turacos stay most of the year, sometimes with young and are seen by most winery visitors with their dramatic plumes and bright red flash as they fly. The fruits of the Winery Custard Apple trees are viewed as just for them. 

Smaller birds of interest include our three window banger pairs:  Spectacled weavers, Wattle- eyed Flycatchers and Collared Sunbirds.  Mouse birds come in flocks on occasion, and Woodpeckers and Hoopoes also visit occasionally. At dawn and dusk, the Heuglin’s Robins let us hear that they are around with their distinctive sweet song. The Lizard Buzzard is a seasonal visitor but is a calm presence, searching the grass for identified Lizards within a metre or two of visitors. Small brilliantly coloured seed eaters peck busily in the grass.  Many other birds are also regular visitors and the bird books, binoculars and camera are always at the ready on our comfortable “Khonde”.

At the height of the hot season you may see Monitor Lizards going about their business the largest being about 2 metres. They are shy and disappear fast when approached.  They also hibernate in the cold. A Mongoose family has confident residence and one may strut up and down during winery tours. It stalks the birds but they seem to dismiss it and no casualties have been seen.

A variety of butterflies flit around – there is a video clip of one emerging from its chrysalis – an inspiration.  Millipedes, or bongololos as we know them, are very present when it is moist and eat small flowers. Spiders, caterpillars- and abundance.

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