Winter is always a difficult time for inhabitants of the Reserve, which lies in a semi-arid area. No rain fell at all in the OWNR between May and August, but 27 millimetres registered at the Warden’s House in the first week of September. It was not enough to break the drought though. Our Weather Report shows that the annual rainfall for the reserve has declined gradually over the last four years, but this year has seen a sharp drop-off. The forecast for the rainy season ahead paints a gloomy picture with below-normal rainfall. Pressure on the ecology will continue to build.