Southern Ground Hornbill
Southern Ground Hornbill

The number of Southern Ground-Hornbills outside formally protected areas in South Africa is declining due to loss and transformation of habitat, poisoning, persecution and electrocution. The species is listed as globally Vulnerable and will be uplisted to Endangered in 2014 in South Africa. The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project, BirdLife Species Guardian, is working to reverse the decline by reintroducing the ‘doomed’ second chicks into areas where the species has become locally extinct, mitigating threats, undertaking an extensive education and awareness campaign in areas where the birds still occur, and providing artificial nests for wild groups.


Martie Krog from BirdLife Wesvaal is organising and administering a lucky draw on behalf of BirdLife South Africa and the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project. Bird clubs will pay BirdLife South Africa R500 per sheet containing ten lucky entries.  The clubs will then request their members to make a donation of R50 per entry to recoup the amount paid to BirdLife South Africa. Entry forms are available from Lesley Frescura if you wish to purchase 10 tickets or more, or alternatively you can purchase one or more tickets, let Lesley know how many you want, and she will invoice you with the BLPN club banking details, and enter your name on the club entry form.


The first entry drawn will win a midweek two night stay for two people at Mabula Game Lodge, including a visit to the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project.

The project manager for the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project, Lucy Kemp, will be BLPN’s guest speaker on Wednesday 11 June 2014, so it would be great if our club could support this very worthwhile project.


Entries close on Wednesday, 4 June 2014. Individual tickets will be available on Wednesday 14 May at the indoor meeting in Westville, or alternatively email Lesley with your request. The draw will be made at 12h00 on 8 June 2014 at the Sasol Bird Fair.

The first entry drawn will win the prize. The name of the winner will be published on the BirdLife South Africa website ( and Mabula Ground Hornbill Project website ( Terms and conditions will be sent to those members who wish to purchase a ticket or two or more.

Looking forward to hearing from you.





On Saturday 17 May 2014 Dave Bishop will be presenting a half-day course on “Woodland and Grassland Birds”. At the end of the morning, you will understand the differences between the two groups, be able to recognize and separate them, have learnt the key characteristics between them.

Please bring your bird guide books as you will be given an opportunity to do your own ID as Dave discusses what to look for.

Brief notes will be handed out, so no real need to bring pen and paper.

Some look alike woodland species plus some specials will be discussed, then you will do a comparison between some similar woodland and grassland species and finally some grassland specials which will obviously include a few of the easier LBJ’s.

It will hopefully be more of a fun rather than a deadly serious learning experience. Dave will do an outing to Shongweni on Sunday 18 March.

Venue : Paradise Valley Nature Reserve Conference Centre,

Directions : From M13 westbound, take the Stapleton Road/NewGermany turn-off. (Exit 16). Keep left into Eden Road. Follow Eden Roadpast the Blood Bank, turn right into Oxford Road. The reserve is at the endof the road.

Time: 08h30 – registration.

09h00 – workshop begins

13h00 – workshop ends

Entrance fee : R70 per BirdLife member; R90 per non-member.

Materials : Binoculars if you want to wander around afterwards or while you have lunch. Notes will be provided but it is recommended that you use a guide book as well.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available on arrival and mid-morning. You are welcome to bring your own picnic baskets, and to have lunch at the conclusion of the workshop.

Saturday 17 May.

Bookings : Lesley Frescura.

email: or call 083 231 3408.