BirdLife Port Natal
Bird Ringing. Normally starts very early, but people are welcome to arrive later and see what is going on.
- Bird Ringing with Garth Aiston: Usually held early on a Sunday each month. Please call Garth for details if no notification is put out nearer to the time on the BLPN website and KZN Birds@yahoo. Cell:084 549 1752.
- Bird Ringing with Andrew Pickles. Usually the first or second Sunday of the month. Venue to be advised. Please contact Andrew for details. Cell 082 338 3302 or email@example.com
- Bird Ringing with James Rawdon. James visits many private estates on the North Coast from Umhlanga into southern Zululand. Contact James for details: 083 745 6007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Directions to venues. Go to https://blpn.org/activities/directions-to-bird-club-venues/. If unsure, then ask the outing leader when you make contact to confirm your attendance. Directions to new venues will be shown below.
Bird ringing and directions to venues: see details in the introduction.
Saturday 2 December 06h00 – Springside – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. Our Christmas outing – we will be doing toasted cheese & tom sandwiches!! Silver collection for the conservancy. Directions: From M13, turn off at Hillcrest off-ramp. Turn right at traffic light into Old Main Road. At Heritage Market, turn right into Stonewall. Travel under the subway and at the T-junction turn right into Springside Road. Continue along this road until you see the reserve on your left. Donations are encouraged.
Wednesday 6 December 06h15 Westville Trail with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. Directions: – Meet in the car park behind the Westville Civic Centre. We will be walking the Westville trail, and then spend some time in the “dog” park. The area behind the Westville Library is fantastic for “early morning” birds. Sunbirds. Barbets, Honeyguides, etc. On the trail, we hope to see all three Mannikin species (the Magpie Mannikin is a special there!) Entrance is free. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards. PLEASE NOTE EARLY STARTING TIME – Mike Roseblade says this is essential!
Tuesday 12 December 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. So we come to the last meeting of the year and, as always, we have a very interesting talk for you to listen to. The meeting will be at the Krantzkloof Conservation Centre, time 9.30 for 10 with biscuits and tea/coffee served on arrival.
The speaker on Tuesday will be Tristan Dickerson, whom many of you may remember from his talk on Snow Leopards in China a few years ago. For the last 11 years he has worked with the cat conservation organisation Panthera, focusing mainly on the illegal leopard fur trade which has caused the decline of the leopard population and he has worked hard to provide an alternate for the leopard skins.
It’s fascinating to see the lengths Tristan has gone to to protect these wonderful cats that we are so fortunate to have in our country. Please do come and support him – you won’t regret a few illuminating hours in the midst of the Christmas mayhem when you can relax and be educated on the marvellous work he is doing.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 12th December and to those of you who won”t be able to make it, we wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year.
Saturday 6 January 06h00 – Umbogavango with Elena Russell. Tel 031 705 2902, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 10 January 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Our guest speaker: details to follow. See you there.
Wednesday 17 January 07h30 – Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary with Lesley. Another city parkland with a pond, river and Coastal Lowland Forest. The Amanzimtoti lagoon is nearby where more sea birds and water birds can be seen. Meet in the car park. Tea with scones and toasted sandwiches are being organised, so please let Lesley know which. Price will come later. Sithembiso Majoka is standing by to walk with us and show us some interesting nests etc.
Sunday 21 January 06h30 – Bisley Valley Nature Reserve Pietermaritzburg with Dave Rimmer. Please confirm meeting time and place with Dave. 082 453 7255 or email@example.com. A mixture of grasslands and acacia dominated thornveld with some fine trees along the three watercourses draining the higher ground. There are also some marshy areas.
Saturday 3 February 06h00 – Sappi hide with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place, 031 705 2902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 10 February 13h30 – Bird Monitoring and Conservation Group with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.
Tuesday 13 February, 09h30 for 10h00 – Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. Speaker to be advised. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.
Wednesday 14 February 19h00 – There is no indoor meeting, AGM on Saturday.
Saturday 17 February 14h00 – Annual general meeting at Palmiet NR, further details to follow. Guest speaker is Mark Anderson, the CEO of BirdLife South Africa, who will speak on “Bird conservation in South Africa: successes and challenges”.
Sunday 18 February 06h00 – Eston Ponds with Dave Rimmer. Contact Dave on email email@example.com to confirm your attendance. You will need your ID book. Like all venues it has its good days and bad days, but to whet your appetite, Red Phalarope, Spotted Crake, African Crake, Painted Snipe, Green Sandpiper, and Western Yellow Wagtail have all been recorded here.
Wednesday 21 February 07h30 – Jubilee Park with Sandi du Preez, 031 701 4839 or 073 332 4431. A lovely, well-maintained municipal park in Westville, which has become famous for good sightings of Magpie Mannikins. Wetland and forest habitats.
Saturday 3 March 07h30 – Stainbank Nature Reserve with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place, 031 705 2902 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Open grassland, woodland, scrub and riverine vegetation, also a small dam which attracts some water birds and nesting weavers.
Sunday 11 March 06h30 – Cumberland Nature Reserve with Mike and Jane Roseblade. Entry fee of R20, please contact Jane to confirm you are coming, 082 442 2982. Cumberland Nature Reserve is a 300 ha private reserve situated in the Table mountain area, just east of Pietermaritzburg. Besides a wonderful selection of savannah species, one can also pick up a variety of wetland, forest and rocky outcrop species. Spectacular scenery and pristine veld add to the appeal of this reserve. Birding is good with 227 species recorded to date, and it is quite possible to see 80+ species in a morning’s birding.
Wednesday 14 March 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Speaker to follow.
Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March 2018 – Weekend away to Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve with Cheryl and John Bevan. We will be going to the vulture hide at 09h00 on Saturday 24 March 2018 (If the weather is bad on Saturday we will go on Sunday). We will bird in the area as time allows. Cost R50pp (old pricing stands for us, new price is R100 pp as it is costly to maintain the hide. Additional donations will be appreciated). Please confirm your booking with Cheryl Bevan 031 708 3731, 083 407 9785 or email@example.com. Please book directly with KZN Wildlife on 039 679 1644, accommodation 033 845 1000 or http://www.kznwildlife.com
Wednesday 28 March 07h30 – Msinsi Nature Reserve with Sandi du Preez, 031 701 4839 or 073 332 4431.
Saturday 7 April 07h00 – Botanical Gardens with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place, 031 705 2902 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have refreshments at the kiosk after the walk.
Saturday 14 April 13h30 – BMCG with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.
Tuesday 10 April, 09h30 for 10h00 – Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. Chris Dalzell will be our speaker, topic to be advised. There is an entrance fee; tea and coffee is provided.
Sunday 15 April 07h00 – Umdoni Park, Pennington, with Dave Rimmer. Contact Dave on email email@example.com to confirm your attendance. The birding is usually good in the winter months, from Crowned Eagle to Spotted Ground Thrush, and who knows what else may turn up.
Wednesday 18 April 08h30 – Bluff Nature Reserve with Lesley. A 45 ha wetland situated in coastal lowland with pan and hides. Meet in the car park. This reserve is managed by Ezemvelo KZN and there is an entrance fee. We are starting at the later time to enable negotiating the harbour traffic. Please bring tea, etc. for later.