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.
Saturday 2 June 07h15 – Pigeon Valley – with Elena Russell. Meet in the car park. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring a picnic tea & chairs. A small remnant patch of coastal bush which once covered the whole of the Berea. Directions: From Tollgate bridge travel along Mazisi Kunene Road (South Ridge Road). Follow the signpost and turn left into King George V Avenue. Continue for about 500 m then turn right into Princess Alice Avenue. The reserve is on your right. Alternatively south along Lena Ahrens Road (Manning Road), right up Rhodes Avenue, which leads you to the entrance. Listen to the calls and bird the periphery until the reserve opens at 07h30.
Tuesday 12 June, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. – Speaker is David Allen talking on Waterbirds of Elephant Marsh. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.
Wednesday 13 June 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Our guest speaker to be advised via “KZN Birds”. See you there.
Wednesday 20 June 7h30 – Pigeon Valley with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. A small, remnant patch of coastal bush which once covered the whole of the Berea. Spotted Ground-thrush is a special in winter. Entrance is free but please consider a donation towards the Friends of Pigeon Valley. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards. Directions – Follow South Ridge Road from Tollgate, towards the University. Turn left into King George V Ave. then right into Princess Alice Ave. The entrance is on the right. Please park up at the guard hut next to the reservoir, as the cars will be safer there.
Sunday 17 June 2018. Will advise via KZN Birds if we get a volunteer with a venue.
Saturday 7 July 2018 07h30 – New Germany Nature Reserve – 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.
Wednesday 11 July 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Our guest speaker to be advised via “KZN Birds”. See you there.
Wednesday 18 July Wednesday 08h00 Jubilee Park NR with Lesley. 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 and go left into Langford Rd and drive over the N3, first right into Marford Rd.
Sunday 15 July. Will advise via “KZN Birds” if we get a volunteer with a venue.
Saturday 4 August 07h15 – Bluff Nature Reserve – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 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. Directions: Take the M4 south (coastal freeway). Take the Bluff turnoff into Solomon Mahlangu Drive -the M7 -(Edwin Swales Drive) and head towards the Bluff. Turn left into Bluff Road and then right into Old Mission Road. Go right at the circle (still Old Mission Road) and then left into Grays Inn Road. Turn right into Tara Road. The entrance is about 1 km along Tara Road. Alternatively take the Mobeni / Jacobs turnoff and left down Quality Street to Tara Road. Turn left and immediately right to the entrance of the reserve. Park in the car park. KZN Ezemvelo manages this reserve and there is an entrance fee.
Wednesday 8 August 19h00 – Indoor meeting. Our guest speaker to be advised via “KZN Birds”. 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. Directions: From Berea Road, turn into Botanic Gardens Road and travel until the gardens are reached. Turn right into Sydenham Road and follow the signs to the new entrance
Sunday 19 August.Will advise via “KZN Birds” if we get a volunteer with a venue.