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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
Durban Pelagic Trips. With Naill Perrins. Provisional dates: 25 August, 15 September, 20 October, 17 November.
Thanks to everyone who contributes and leads our outings, we all appreciate your dedication. Please consider joining the few volunteers and lead an outing at a venue of your choice. Contact John Bremner firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 7 July 07.30 New Germany NR with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. Bring a picnic tea & chairs. Entrance is free but there is a donation box (for bird food!). Mid-winter special is Spotted Ground Thrush! Directions: From Old Main Road, Pinetown turn north into Otto Volek Road. Follow sign right into Mountain Ridge Road just before the M19. Follow signs to the reserve, OR take the N3 from Durban and then the M13 towards Pinetown. Take the Stapleton Road/New Germany turnoff (exit 16). Turn left then right onto the M5 heading towards New Germany. Continue until Mountain Ridge Road where you turn right. Continue for 700 m and then turn left into Gilbert Drive. Carry on to the reserve. Meet in the car park. They don’t charge an entrance, but do ask for donations!
Wednesday 11 July 19.00 Westville Methodist Church with Terry Walls A photographic evening with Steve Davis who says “I’ve given this a little thought, and what I thought I might do is to spend 30 minutes, say, showing some of my favourite photos I have taken and talk a little about where they were taken and how I took them (not too much technical detail, though), and then invite others to do the same for 5 minutes each (max 6 people). I would also be happy if people want to bring ID problems as well”. So please accept Steve’s invitation and if you would like to be one of the 6 to show some of your pics let me know firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise come along and enjoy the stunning photographs. Refreshments and a small entrance fee. See attachment.
Sunday 15 July 07.00 Brettenwood Coastal Estate with Rex Aspeling. Directions: Take the Salt Rock / Umhlali off ramp from the N2 turn right/ after Tiffany Centre 1st left / right into Brettenwood Coastal Estate. Everyone attending will need contact Rex Aspeling @ 0823018177 by Saturday to arrange an access code. Alternative: WhatsApp: 0823018177 or Home: 0329405155 or email@example.com. You will need your drivers license and an access code for access into the estate. Internal Directions Travel all the way up Kingfisher Boulevard till last road to the left into Dabchick Way. Drive 100m and turn 1st Right. The Forest Village Community center is on the right. It has lovely facilities so you do not need to bring tables and chairs. Bring your own coffee or something to eat. Everyone Attending will pay R20 to the Community centre. Habitats include Virgin forest, 9 dams and an extensive green belt.
Wednesday 18 July 08.00 Jubilee Park NR with Lesley Frescura. Midwinter but we will still scout out the Mannikins and resident Warblers. This gives us a chance to explore the park a bit further as it should be dry at that time of year. This small but beautiful reserve is a swamp forest, which Marion Spence and John Hinck have spent 6 years rehabilitating, removing alien vegetation and planting indigenous trees. John has also built an excellent wooden boardwalk over the wetter areas. Obviously this all costs money, so I would like to suggest that everyone contributes a small donation. Bring tea and a chair for afterwards. Directions: take the M13 Exit 12 into Westville Rd, turn immediate right into Church Road, at the T-junction turn go left into Langford Rd and drive over the N3, first right into Marford Rd.
Saturday 21 July 13.30 Cotswold Downs with Rob Jamieson. Rob is trying to finalise a visit to this very special area but we are still awaiting a firm reply. Remember the date and as soon as we know, we’ll post it.
Saturday 4 August 07h00 – Bluff Nature Reserve with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place 031 705 2902, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an entrance fee, Wild Card is accepted. A 45 ha wetland situated in coastal lowland with pan and hides. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards.
Wednesday 8 August 19h00 – Indoor meeting. Our speaker is Arnia van Vuuren – Birds of the Karoo. Guaranteed to be a good evening. See you there.
Tuesday 14 August, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre – Speaker is Ben Hoffman of the Raptor Centre. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.
Wednesday 15 August 8h00 – Botanical Gardens – With Sandi du Preez – Tel 031-7014839 or 0733324431. After the walk, we will go to the Tea garden for refreshments.
Sunday 19 August – to be advised
Saturday 1 September 06h00 Tanglewood with Elena Russell. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. – Meet at the bottom gate from 05:45 and we will all drive in together. Picnic tea at the Boathouse. Most important about meeting at the gate before 05:45 as the gate is then locked. Silver collection for the Hillcrest Conservancy.
Sunday 9 September. SAPPI Hide 06h45 with Rex Aspeling. . Please contact Rex to confirm. Email: < firstname.lastname@example.org > or call: 082 301 8177. We will meet at the Picnic Area past the hide at 06h45. The first 10 will go to the hide and the rest for a stroll around the dam and swop later. Afterwards tea /coffee in the picnic area. Good idea to take cushions as well as chairs, tea/coffee.
Wednesday 12 September 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Our guest speaker – Details to follow. See you there.
Wednesday 19th September 07h30 – New Germany N.R. with Sandi du Preez Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431 Grassland and forest birding. The wild flowers should be at their best this month! Entrance is free. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards. Meet in the car park.
Saturday 6 October 06h00 Alverstone – with Elena Russell. Meet in the car park. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. The entrance fee is still R20 per person (I will collect the gate key on Friday) and the parking is right near the gate so I can let people in but by 06:15 we will have started off walking at which stage the gate will be locked so late comers will not be able to gain access. There is a nice boma where we will have our picnic tea.
Tuesday 9 October, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. Speaker is Nicolette Forbes on the Greatest Swamp on Earth. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.
Wednesday 10 October 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Speaker to be arranged. See you there.
Saturday 13 October. 13h30 – BMCG with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.
Wednesday 17 October. Wednesday 17 October. African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, 08.30 with Lesley Frescura. Opening time is 8:30 and show time is 10:30 , We have a small coffee shop where we do toasted sandwiches and beverages. Normal ticket prices are R70 Adult, R60 Pensioner, R40 Children -12. But we can reduce the Adult price to R65 per person. The Sanctuary is situated at Umlaas Road, next to the Lion Park. Tel 031 785 4382. Please let Lesley know beforehand if you wish to attend, so as to organize the adult price reduction.
Sunday 28 October. Nothing arranged as yet. If we have a venue and volunteer we will let you know.
Weekend away 2 to 4 November. Bahati Caravan Park with Jane and Mike Roseblade, email Jane < firstname.lastname@example.org > or Mike < email@example.com >. Book directly with Bahati, Annelie Ihlenfeldt Cell 0721900224 email < firstname.lastname@example.org > let them know you are with the Birdclub then let Jane and Mike know you are coming.
Bahati is a new Caravan park in the Bushlands area in Hluhluwe. There are 12 beautiful appointed shady stands with plug points and water taps, 4 family ablutions with showers and a communal washing up area. Tents are also very welcome. There are also 4 separate Caravan stands with en-suite and own kitchen, BBQ braai and fire pit. Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool area with Lapa, BBQ braai and fire pit. There is abundant bird and wild life around the camping sites and on the walking trails.
Directions: Take the N2 north from Durban, travel north past Richards Bay towards Hluhluwe, take flyover turnoff R22, travel through Hluhluwe town, past 4 traffic circles, at last traffic circle take 2nd exit (Allen’s Butchery) turn right onto D70 dirt road. Travel straight on for about 5km and find BAHATI entrance on right.
Saturday 3 November 06h00 – Shongweni – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. Bring a picnic tea & chairs. Pay your entrance fee by card. Cash not accepted. Wild Cards accepted. Take the left road as you enter and park, meet in the parking at the Resource Centre.
Wednesday 14 November 19h00. – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. – End of year get together: maybe a quiz, maybe a speaker, maybe some other fun, come along and find out.
Sunday 18 November – 6:00, Kwa-Ximba Conservancy with Dave Rimmer. Please confirm meeting time and place with Dave. 0824537255 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The outing to Kwa-Ximba will involve a walk along the southern banks of the uMngeni and Mgceweni Rivers. The plan is for everyone to meet at isiThumba Cultural Village on the uMngeni. There is a cost involved for the compulsory guide, we need a good turnout to reduce the cost to each attendee.
Wednesday 21 November 7h30 – Glenholm N.R. with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. This nature reserve is at the Kloof SPCA. Kloof habitat features are grassland, scarp and the rare swamp forest. Grassland and forest birding. WESSA has recently built a new boardwalk over the wetter areas in the swamp forest. We will all meet in the first parking area, just past the little dam. If you need directions, please phone Sandi. Entrance is free. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards.
Saturday 24 November is Birding Big Day. Make up a team and join in some serious birding or join in with one of the easier events organized.
Saturday 1 December 06h00 – Springside – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. Our Christmas outing grows from strength to strength. There will be a silver collection for the conservancy. Toasted cheese & tomato sarnies a la our master chefs Marion and John. I understand there are new braai facilities so if you can make a donation towards the braai all offers will be gladly accepted! Remember all are welcome you don’t have to pitch up at 06:00! But if you can let us know you are coming along (catering purposes) otherwise there may not be enough to go around!
Saturday 8 December 13h30 – BMCG with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.
Tuesday 11 December, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. – Speaker to be arranged. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.
Wednesday 12th December 7h30 – Paradise Valley with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. Forest and riverine birding – Mountain wagtails are always present. There is a small entrance fee and pensioners’ rate. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards.