Various courses are offered throughout the year. As and when these are programmed their details will be shown below.

Previous Courses

On Saturday 9 February 2013.

Subspecies of southern African birds – a new book covering an old subject.

Course led by David Allen. Subject:. In terms of timing, two 45 minutes sessions with a half-hour break in between for tea, from 14h00 to 16h00. Venue DNSM.

Copies of the book, signed by all three authors, will be available at the course priced well below the recommended retail price.

Venue :                   Durban Natural Science Museum Research Centre

Directions :              151 KE Masinga Road (Old Fort Road), corner of Wyatt Road.  Safe parking inside off Wyatt Road.

Time:                     13h30 – registration.

14h00 – course begins

16h00 – course ends

Entrance fee :          R20 per person to cover refreshments and overheads.

Dave will have some of his bird skins out for us to see during the course, and at tea time.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available at 14h45 when we break, have a chance to look more closely at the skins, and engage with Dave on the subject matter, before returning at 15h15 for the final session.

Bookings are essential:

Saturday 09 February 2013

Bookings : Lesley Frescura or Merle Paton

083 231 3408 or  082 4627262

Some background text suggested:

The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, the publishers of ‘Roberts Birds of Southern Africa’, has just published a new book in the Roberts ‘stable’ entitled: ‘Roberts Geographical Variation of Southern Africa Birds – A Guide to the Plumage Variation of 612 Bird Races in Southern Africa’, authored by KZN’s own Hugh Chittenden, David Allan and Ingrid Weiersbye.

This book provides a timely opportunity to revisit the issue of subspecific variation in southern African bird species. The book, and this course, will hopefully help take your birding to a higher level. A selection of skins showing subspecific differences will be on display and copies of the book signed by all three authors will be available at well below the recommended retail price.”

On Saturday 10 November 2012

Beginner’s Bird Course

Dave Bishop is running a Beginner’s Bird Course at ParadiseValley. More details to follow in October.

On Saturday 11 August 2012

Bird Sounds Course

Roy Cowgill and Steve Davis will be running a day course on “Bird Sounds,” in conjunction with the Witwatersrand Bird Club whose members will be visiting Durban for the second time, especially to study with Roy and Steve, who are well known for their highly entertaining and informative courses which bring members and non-members alike a wealth of avian facts and figures. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about bird communication through sound – which makes an outing so much more interesting.

Venue : ParadiseValley Nature Reserve Conference Centre, Pinetown

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

Time: 09h30 – 15h30. Registration from 09h00

Entrance fee : R80 per BirdLife member; R100 per non-member

Materials :      Writing pad and pen or pencil & binoculars for later

In addition there will be an outing on Sunday 12 August to put into practice everything learnt the previous day. This will take place at PigeonValley in Glenwood. Time and directions will be made available on the Saturday.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available. There will be a break for lunch at 13.00, so do please bring your own food and drink and enjoy the chance to bird and socialize with local and Gauteng members.

Bookings :Email Lesley Frescura or Merle Paton Tel: Lesley 083 2313408 or Merle 082 4627262.

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