BirdLife KZN Midlands


BirdLife Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands:

Committee:  Chairman Peter Divall 033 239 5537, Vice-Chairman Eve Hughes 033 330 2723, Treasurer Viv O’Neill 083 464 7666, Secretary Sally Cumming 072 119 4253, Membership Secretary Pam Nicol 071 247 3604, SABAP 2 Colin Summersgill 060 827 3785, Conservation Karin Nelson 072 779 4219, e-Newsletter Rosemary Forrester 082 767 7366, Evening Meetings Sean Glynn 082 468 5805, Darvill and Bisley Projects Ian Gordon 083 570 6782.

Bird Ringing at Darvill, Karkloof Conservation Centre, Cedara, Hilton College:  Contact Karin Nelson on 033 330 3027 or 072779 4219.

Please contact the coordinator before an outing to confirm the time of meeting and other arrangements.  Coordinators of outings to private property must please phone the owner a week in advance to confirm the outing. 

November 2018

Sun 4 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555

Sat 17 – A day outing to Ingula Pump station near Harrismith where we will be hosted by Carina Coetzer. We will be taken to the various birding hotspots in the vicinity of the pump station. The cost will depend on the number of people in the group. Please contact the coordinator before 12 November so Eskom can be informed of how many people will be attending. We plan to bird until about 12h00. Bring your own tea and lunch. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 5h30 to organise the transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

Wed 21 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Rick Nuttall on “Feathers in the Life of Birds”.

December 2018

Sun 2 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Sun 9 – End-of-year braai at Hilton College. Meet at the main gates of the college to join in the early morning birding at 7h00. Those who want to come later, should phone the coordinator to get the code for the gate. There is an entry fee of R30pp payable to the coordinator.Bring your food, drinks, chairs and tables, family and friends to celebrate a good year of birding with like-minded people. Coordinator Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169.

January 2019

Sun 6 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00.  Gordon Bennett is retiring after 25years of leading Darvill outings.  Coordinator to be advised.

Wed 16 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Adam Riley on “Birds and beasts of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater”.

Sun 20 – Day outing to Highover Sanctuary near Richmond to see Blue Swallows. There is a fee of R30pp. Coordinator Ian Gordon 083 570 6782.

Sat 26 – CAR (Coordinated Avifaunal Roadcount) Contact Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169 if you wish to participate.

Wed 30 – Day outing to Highover Sanctuary near Richmond to see Blue Swallows. There is a fee of R30pp. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h00 to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

15 January to 15 February – CWACs (Coordinated Water bird Counts). Contact Eve Hughes 082 872 4333 or 033 330 2723 if you wish to participate.

February 2019

Sun 3 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00.

Mon 4 to 8 – Trip to Pongola Game Reserve in northern KZN, staying at the 14-bed self-catering Mhlosi Bush Camp. The total cost for accommodation for four nights is R1200pp sharing. Fully booked, but contact Eve Hughes- 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333 in case of cancellations.

Tues 12 – Presentation in Woodgrove at 18h00 by Craig Nelson   “Bangweulu Swamps in search of Shoebill plus Kasanka Fruit Bats”.

Sat 23 – BLKZNM 30th Annual General Meeting with Mark Anderson as guest speaker on the topic of “Kimberley’s Pink Gems”.  Mike Spain will coordinate the walk in the morning at Amber Valley at 7h00.

Wed 27 – Morning outing to Boschoek Golf Estate in Balgowan. Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h30 to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

March 2019

Sun 3 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30.

Sun 17 – Outing to Sevenoaks/uMvoti Vlei conservancy near Greytown. There is a conservancy fee of R30pp.  Coordinator Ian Gordon  083 570 6782.

Wed 20 –  Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 – a double feature: Eckhart Buchmann : ‘Oh shucks they changed the name again! How and why our birds’ names change’ and Adrian Koopman:  “Zulu bird names old and new: the Zulu Bird name Project 2013-2018.”

Wed 27 – Outing to Sevenoaks/uMvoti Vlei conservancy near Greytown. There is a conservancy fee of R30pp.  Meet at Amber Ridge car park at 6h30 to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 082 872 4333 or 033 330 2723.

April 2019

Sun 7 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30.

Tues 9 – Presentation in Woodgrove at 18h00 by Tammy Caine on “Vultures in Crisis”.

Wed 17 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Meyrick Bowker : “Birds of Lake St Lucia; Past, Present and Future”.

Sun 21 – Easter, so no outing.

Wed 24 – Morning outing to Umgeni Valley. Meet at the reception area of Umgeni Valley at 6h30. Entrance fee is R30pp, if you do not have a season ticket.

BLKZNM Facebook group:

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