Reminder of Activities for June

JUNE 2013

Bird Ringing with Garth Aiston: Usually held early on a Sunday each month. Please call Garth closer to the time for details. 084 5491752.

Bird Ringing with James Rawdon. James visits many privates estates on the North Coast. Contact James for details: 083 745 6007.

Saturday 1 June. Pigeon Valley with Elena Russell. Meet at the entrance at 07h30. Directions:  South along Manning Road, right up Rhodes Avenue which leads you to the entrance. Alternatively, south along South Ridge Road and after the dip look out for the Pigeon Valley sign to the left.

Saturday 1 June. BMCG Meeting 10h30 at Pigeon Valley.

Sunday 2 June.  Bird Ringing with Andrew Pickles. Venue to be advised. Please contact Andrew for details. Cell 082 338 3302 or

Wednesday 5 June. Mariannwood N.R.  8h00 with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431.  A 12 ha delightful reserve of bush clump, grassland mosaic, riverine forest and coastal scarp forest.  Directions:- Take N3 toll road towards Mariannhill. Exit at Richmond Road. Turn left (south) towards the Mariannhill Monastery. Turn left into 7th Ave, right into Adams, then left into Mariannridge Road. Turn right into James Herbert Road. Entrance to the reserve is at 8 James Herbert Road next to Heightor flats. Meet at the picnic sight. Bring coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards.

Tuesday 11 June. 09h30 Krantzkloof talk by Adam Riley on one of his many birds trips.

Wednesday 12 June. 08h30  Springside with Derek Spencer. Directions: From M13, turn off at Hillcrest off-ramp. Turn right at traffic light into Old Main Road. At Heritage Market, turn right into Stonewall. Travel under the subway and at the T-junction turn right into Springside Road. Continue along this road until you see the reserve on your left.

Wednesday 12 June 19h00. Indoor meeting. “A celebration of hummingbirds – avian jewels of the Americas”. Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Adam Riley, Director – Rockjumpers. This is a wonderful opportunity to come, look and listen to one of South Africa’s most travelled birders. As the director of the highly successful Rockjumpers Worldwide Birding Adventures, Adam has the opportunity to photograph interesting and fascinating birds in their natural habitat. Don’t miss this opportunity, as we originally made this booking a year ago.

Sunday 23 June. Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve with Terry Walls. Meet at the gate at 07h00. Contact Terry to confirm meeting time and place. Contact Tel: 031-266 6580 and email: A favourite birding spot and the cisticolas will keep us busy with ID. The wild flowers are always a treat. Bring a picnic lunch. Directions: Travel south on N2 from Durban for 60 kms (past Scottburgh) take the R612 (Park Rynie/Umzinto) turnoff, turn right over freeway and travel 12 km (past Umzinto), turn right at the signpost for Vernon Crookes onto good gravel road travel for 6 km to the reserve. Meet at entrance (there is an entrance fee). Take Rhino/Wild Cards in case.

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