BirdLife KZN Midlands


BirdLife Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands:

Committee:

Chairman: Peter Divall 033 239 5537
Vice-Chairperson: Eve Hughes 033 330 2723,
Treasurer: Viv O’Neill 083 464 7666
Secretary: Sally Cumming 072 119 4253,

Membership Secretary: Pam Nicol 033 330 2947
Rarities/SABAP2: Colin Summersgill 083 782 5113
Conservation: Karin Nelson 072 779 4219
e-Newsletter: Rosemary Forrester  082 767 7366

Evening Meetings: Norman Freeman 083 453 7949

Club website: http://midlandsbirdclub.blogspot.com/

Pietermaritzburg evening meetings are held at Woodgrove Retirement Centre on the second Tuesday of alternate months at 18h00.

Howick evening meetings are held in the Ambers Auditorium in Amber Valley on the third Wednesday of the month at 18h00. Entry R10 or by donation.

Bird ringing: Contact Karin Nelson on 033 3303027 or 072 7724219.

  • Darvill
  • Karkloof Conservancy
  • Cedara

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.

December 2017

Sunday 3 – The end of year braai at Hilton College picnic site. 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. Bring chairs, food and drinks, family and friends. The fires will be organised by the club. Coordinator Colin Summersgill 033 818 9013 or 060 827 3785. NB:  If the road to the picnic site is too wet, the walk and braai will be held at Cumberland.

January 2018

Sunday 7 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h00. Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555 or 072 875 1436.

Wednesday 17 – “Bird Quiz with a Difference” by Paul and Sally Bartho in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00.

Sunday 21 – Day outing to Bird Valley Estate. The boat can carry 14 people so please contact the coordinator Ian Gordon 083 570 6782 to book.

Saturday 27 – CAR (Coordinated Avifaunal Roadcount). Contact Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169 if you wish to participate.

Wednesday 31 – Morning outing to Bird Valley Estate. The boat can carry 14 people so please contact the coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333 to book. Meet at Amber Ridge car park at 06h00

15 January to 15 February – CWAC (Coordinated Water Bird Count). Contact Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333 if you wish to participate in any of these.

February 2018

Sunday 4 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h00. Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555 or 072 875 1436.

Monday 5 – Friday 9 – Five day trip to Ndumo Game Reserve. Details will be circulated later. Eve Hughes,  033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

Tuesday 13 – Presentation in Woodgrove at 18h00 by Peter Divall on “Birding in Zimbabwe”.

Saturday 17 – Annual General meeting at 11h00 in the Ambers Auditorium. Guest speaker Dr Mark Brown on “Birding in the Seychelles”.  Norman Freeman, 033 239 6843 or 083 453 7949, will lead a walk in Amber Valley at 07h00. Tea will be available at 10h00, and lunch in the Amber Valley dining room at 13h00 (booking essential).

Saturday 24 – BirdLife KZN Conservation Forum.

Wednesday 28 – A morning or day outing to Impendle Nature Reserve to find the Blue Swallows. Drummond Densham 033 330 4039 or 083 321 7959. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 06h30 to arrange transport. High clearance or 4×4 vehicles will be needed.

March 2018

Sunday 4 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h00. Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555 or 072 875 1436.

Wednesday 14 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Tammy Caine “All about Owls”.

Sunday 18 – Morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. Jane Irvine 073 429 7142.

Wednesday 29 – Morning outing to Lions Bush at Nottingham Road. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h30 to arrange transport. Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

April 2018

Sunday 8 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h00. Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555 or 072 875 1436.

Tuesday 10 – Presentation in Woodgrove at 18h00 by Dr David Johnson on “Birding in the Ecuador Highlands”.

Sunday 15 – Morning outing to Umgeni Valley. Coordinator to be announced.

Wednesday 18 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Arnia van Vuuren “Ramblings of a Birdwatcher through the Karoo”.

Wednesday 26 – Morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. Meet at Greendale shopping Centre at 06h30 to arrange transport. Sally Cumming 033 239 2362 or 072 119 4253.

Note: Training course on “Birding Winter Plumage” with Steve Davis in the Ambers Auditorium on 26 May 2018.

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