Future Activities

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 barbet@venturenet.co.za
  • 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 jjrawdon@yahoo.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.

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October 2017

Bird ringing and directions to venues: see details in the introduction.

Saturday 7 October 06h00 Alverstone – with Elena Russell. Meet in the car park. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net. Directions: Take the N3 west from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. From the N3 take the Shongweni off-ramp. Travel north past the Assagay Hotel and over the M13. Turn left onto the D435 towards Alverstone. Follow this road to the park entrance on the left.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 10 October, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. Our speaker will be Craig Nelson of Nelson’s Safaris and his topic will be Wild Namibia. Craig and his wife Karin have spoken to us a couple of times before and his talks are always well worth listening to and their photographs spectacular. I would advise everyone who is able, to come and spend a very well worthwhile few hours down at the Conference Centre.  As you well know, it is always a very pleasant way to spend part of your morning and you may even be tempted to go on one of their tours. There is an entrance fee -R20, tea and coffee is provided.

Wednesday 11 October 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Our speaker will be Herman Bos, and his topic “Birding Green Namibia”.  Don’t miss this fascinating account of searching for the special birds of that country.  A small entrance fee and refreshments.

Saturday 14 October 13.30BMCG with Rob Jamieson at Msinsi NR. Rob and his team have been doing a lot of work in this lovely area on UKZN property below the lecture halls and buildings. Interesting bird sightings have been recorded from this small reserve on the UKZN Howard College Campus – Black Sparrowhawk, Little Sparrowhawk, Green Malkoha and Grey Waxbill.  Directions:  Travel west along Rick Turner Road past Princess Alice Avenue and the University of KwaZulu-Natal on the right.  The entrance to the reserve is halfway down the hill on the right, through Gate No. 10 to the UKZN sports fields.

Wednesday 18 October 07h30 Paradise Valley NR- with Lesley Frescura. Gate opens at 7h30. The last outing with Sandi was washed out, so we haven’t been for a while. Let’s see the Mountain Wagtails and the Crowned Eagles and enjoy the spring weather. There is a walk along the Umbilo River to the spectacular waterfall. 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. Watch out for the many speed bumps in the road. Note: There is a small entrance fee. Bring tea things for later.

Sunday 22 October Bisley Valley Nature Reserve 06h30, with Elena and Sandi. Please confirm meeting time and place with Elena Russell. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net or Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. 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. Directions: Leave N3 highway at Market Road (Exit 74), go past the market and bear left onto R103 to Cleland. At next traffic lights, go right into Murray Road (Gladys Manzi). Proceed for 2.3 km and go left through the gate at Canterbury Stables. Parking entrance to reserve is 100 m on the right.

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November 2017

Bird ringing and directions to venues: see details in the introduction.

Saturday 4 November 06h15 – Shongweni – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net. Bring a picnic tea & chairs. Directions: Take the N3 west, go through the Mariannhill Toll Plaza, then take the Shongweni/Assagay off-ramp. Turn left and drive for approximately 1 km before turning left again at the sign to Shongweni Dam. After a few hundred metres turn right at the next signpost for Shongweni Dam. This road eventually leads to the entrance (about 6 km).  Pay your entrance fee by card. Cash not accepted. Wild Cards accepted. Take the left road as you enter and park in the parking at the Resource Centre.

Wednesday 8 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 12 November. – Kwa-Ximba Conservancy with Dave Rimmer. Please confirm meeting time and place with Dave. 0824537255 or email: daverimmer@mweb.co.za. 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. Directions to isiThumba Cultural Village (all on good tar roads): From Durban take the N3 heading to Pietermaritzburg. From Kloof/Hillcrest take the M13 heading to Pietermaritzburg and then the N3. Go off the N3 at the Hammersdale / Inchanga Exit. At the end of the off ramp turn right over the N3 and follow the road past Inchanga Station. Just after the station turn right into Inchanga Drive – stay on this road (it bears left) until you come to a T-junction with the R103 (Old Main Road). Turn right onto the R103 and then first left (about 200m) onto the D1004. Stay on this road for 9kms as it meanders steeply down into the uMngeni Valley until you come to the isiThumba Cultural Village on your right.

Wednesday 15 November 07h30 Stainbank N.R. with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. Open grassland, woodland, scrub and riverine vegetation, also a small dam, which attracts some water birds and nesting weavers. Directions: – from Edwin Swailes Drive (Solomon Mahlangu) take the Wakesleigh Rd turn-off. Turn left into Sarnia Rd. Travel for about 2km and turn right into Coedmore Rd. Continue for about 3 km. the reserve is on the right. Meet at the Lourie picnic site. There is an entrance fee (free with Wild Card or Rhino Card. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards.

Sunday 19 November Priscilla Vale Farm with Malcolm Stainbank 0837811130 email: malstainbank@gmail.com or md.s@priscillavalefarm.co.za. Please confirm attendance and meeting time. Directions: Take the N3 from Durban and take the Camperdown off ramp. Go left at the bridge and follow the road until the T-junction. Go left towards Eston and Umbumbulu. At the Caltex Service Station keep going straight on the R603 +- 12 kms from the Eston crossroad; turn off on your right. Allow 65 minutes from Durban. GPS Co-ordinates for Priscilla Vale Farm are: S 29 57’815″; E30 36’444″.

Weekend away 24-26 November. Sand Forest lodge, Hluhluwe with John and Cheryl Bevan. Please confirm all details with Cheryl at mombevan@gmail.com, 0317083731 or 0834079785. Typical sand forest habitat conveniently situated for False Bay Park and Imfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Campsite and chalet accommodation available. Details on website www.sandforest.co.za or phone Cary or Godfrey on 0824176484 and 0836277080 referring to Port Natal birding weekend. Sand Forest Lodge have offered 20% discount for bungalows and cottages, but cannot discount their camp site as they are at the bare minimum rate. For directions see their website.

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December 2017

Bird ringing and directions to venues: see details in the introduction.

Saturday 2 December 07h15 – Springside – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net. 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!

Saturday 9 December 13.30 – BMCG with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.

Tuesday 12 December, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. – Speaker is Tristan Dickerson. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.




3 Responses to Future Activities

  1. Patrick says:

    Good evening, seen a huge raptor at my home this morning, very curious to know what it is, have a short video, it had a very peculiar call, returned home this evening its still around. Your kind assistance will be appreciated.

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