The BBNR is located within the Cape Floral kingdom – a global biodiversity hotspot.

The Reserve also marks the beginning of the West Coast flora.

The area represents one of the most intact and diverse lowland habitats near Cape Town.

These are:

  • Cape Flats Sand Fynbos and
  • Cape Flats Dune Strandveld
  • Swartland Renosterveld - one of the most highly threatened vegetation types in South Africa.  
  • Cape Seashore vegetation.

The combination of these four vegetation types is seldom found in one conservation area.

Over 816 plant species have been identified in the BBNR to date (the entire British Isles has only approximately 1500 plant species).

The BBNR is home to 78 Red Data plant species.

If anyone wants to join our local CREW (Custodians for Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) group or wants to know more about vegetation types, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.