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. 

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.

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

Saturday 6 – Bird course in Ambers Auditorium presented by Professor Tickey Forbes and Nicolette Forbes, both biologists covering various topics related to birding. The cost of the course is R150 for members and R200 for nonmembers. Registration begins at 08h30. The afternoon session will be a walk, with practical assistance with the use of phone apps for recording sightings. Bring picnic lunch. Contact Sean Glynn or sueandseanglynn@gmail.com 082 468 5805 to book.

Sunday 7 – Morning outing to Darvill at 06h30. Enquiries Roger O’Neill 083 230 6562.

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

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

Sunday 21 – Easter, so no outing.

Wednesday 24 – Morning outing to uMngeni Valley. Coordinator Drummond Densham 083 321 7959. Meet at the reception area of uMngeni Valley at 06h30. Entrance fee is R30pp, if you do not have a season ticket.

May 2019

Sunday 5 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h00. Enquiries Roger O’Neill 083 230 6562.

Wednesday 15 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Rob Gous on “Engaging endemics in Ethiopia”.

Sunday 19 – There will be a bird walk and braai at Hilton College Conservancy to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of BirdLife KZN Midlands. Meet at the main gate of the college at 07h00 for early morning birding, or arrive later for the braai. The entrance fee is R30pp. We will be saying thank you to Gordon Bennett, founder member and retired President of BLKZNM, and coordinator of the Sunday Darvill outings for many years. Bring chairs, food and drinks, family and friends. Colin Summersgill 033 818 9013 or 060 827 3785.

Wednesday 29 – Morning outing to Midlands Forest Lodge in Lidgetton. We will be walking in grassland and in a beautiful old forest where the Crowned Eagle B3 was ringed on 27 November 2018. There is a conservation fee of R20 pp. Meet at Greendale Shopping centre at 07h00 to arrange transport. Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

June 2019

Sunday 2 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h30. Contact Roger O’Neill 083 230 6562.

Tuesday 11 – Presentation in Woodgrove at 18h00 by David Johnson: “Peacocks and Tree-Pies ”.

Sunday 16 – Morning outing to Cumberland. There is a conservation fee of R30 pp. Luiz Mateus 084 061 8496. Wednesday 19 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by David Allan: “A window into a global world: Pelagic seabirds along the KZN coast – their diversity, seasonality and population trends”.

Wednesday 26 – Morning outing to Cumberland. There is a conservation fee of R30 pp. Meet at Greendale shopping Centre at 07h30 to arrange transport. Sean Glynn 033 239 0684 or 082 468 5805.

July 2019

Sunday 7 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h30. Contact Roger O’Neill 083 230 6562.

Wednesday 17 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Nick Evans: “Snakes and Birds”.

Sunday 21 – An outing to Shongweni Dam near Durban. There is an entrance fee, or a Wild card can be used. Ian Gordon 083 570 6782. Wednesday 31 – Morning outing to the Pietermartizburg Botanical Gardens. There is an entrance fee of R27 pp, or R20 pp for pensioners. Meet at Greendale Shopping centre to arrange transport. Jane Irvine 073 429 7142. 15 July to 15 August – CWACs (water bird counts). Contact Eve Hughes if you wish to participate 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333. Saturday 27 – CAR routes (Roadcounts). Contact Peter Divall if you wish to participate 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169.

August 2019

Sunday 4 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h00. Contact Roger O’Neill 083 230 6562.

Tuesday 13 – Presentation in Woodgrove at 18h00 by Meyrick Bowker: “Birds of Lake St Lucia: past, present and future”.

Sunday 18 – Morning outing to the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens. There is an entrance fee of R27 pp, or R20 pp for pensioners. Dave Crampton 082 771 7274 or 033 845 3512.

Wednesday 21 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Prof Colleen Downs: “Urban Birds”.

Wednesday 28 – An outing to Shongweni Dam near Durban. There is an entrance fee, or present a Wild card. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 07h00 to arrange transport. Coordinator Norman Freeman 033 239 0843 or 083 570 6782.

BLKZNM Facebook group:

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