Humans continue to occupy more of the planet and continue to consume it’s resources at an ever increasing rate. And whichever way we at Truda look at it, we are part of the problem. We’re not going to fly avocado’s in from Spain and claim on the next advertising campaign that we’re helping the environment, but what we are going to do is our best to help minimize our impact.

We are passionate about our environment.

We’ve learnt that by caring a bit and giving some thought to environmental and social issues that it does help. For example, our factories are constantly in the process of rehabilitating indigenous plants with the hope of restoring the natural balance of our precious local birds and animals. South Africa has a fragile and unique ecosystem that is often affected by the infiltration of exotic plants. Alien species upset the natural balance within bird and animal habitats, and we can do our little bit to help restore that balance.

By removing alien species in the land around the factories and replanting indigenous plants, Truda has seen a huge increase in the amount of returning natural wildlife. After the removal of the exotic plants, we noticed an influx of local bird-life returning to the surrounding land. Our resident friends the Red Bishop’s, Wydah’s, and Widowbirds who dress up for summer are joined by some of the regular visitors including Stone Chats, Amethyst Sunbirds, Black-Crowned Tchagra, Yellow Throated Longclaw, Rufous-naped Lark, Burchell’s Coucal, and Diderick’s and Klaas’s Cuckoo’s. And of course the Nguni’s are seldom without their Cattle Egrets!

This is all part of Truda’s attempt to save our valuable wildlife and prevent certain species from becoming more vulnerable in a country that is constantly changing. Because our environment is as important to us as it is to you.

We are building a birding and flora photo gallery for you all to enjoy, and learn something interesting about the environments that Truda is based in.  Check back often to see the new additions!


Click on the images for the gallery to pop up. Click on the info icon (i) at the bottom for more information on each bird.