South African vegetation through the eyes of one man over a period of 40 years. John Phillip Harison Acocks (7 April 1911 Cape Town - 20 May 1979 Middelburg, Eastern Cape) used his observations to create the map of the Veld Types of South Africa that underpinned South African vegetation and botanical work for 50 years (1953 to 2005). Acocks collected in excess of 20 000 specimens, sampled at over 3 600 sites, recording over 390 000 species-locality observations. Many of his records are in amazingly neat writing. This forms an incredibly valuable source of information for biodiversity studies.
Request the spreadsheet template designed for Book 4 that simplifies data capture. It can be used, and the formatted data in it can then be copied and pasted into the transcription window. It is important if using this approach to first click the Save unfinished record button. You can be taken out of a task if you haven't refreshed it for more than 2 hours, and it could be terribly frustrating when you wish to continue, to find that your work has been taken over by someone else.
A topographical map from 1936 with Acocks' sites marked by him, points showing where he was known to have been by date, and gazetteer can be downloaded (about 3 GB).
Please do not expand abbreviations or indicate crossed-out text. Record what is written (or what it appears that Acocks intended as his edited end result).Read more »
On this map you'll find all the location of transcribed records of the South African SAFARIS - Acocks Collecting Register 4 expedition