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 5 January 06h00- Umbogavango with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel: 031 705 2902 email email@example.com. A diverse habitat with riparian woodland, grassland and a number of water bodies. Depending on water levels a variety of water birds can be seen at this venue. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards.
Wednesday 16 January 2019. Paradise Valley with Lesley Frescura @ 07.30. We begin the new year with a visit to Paradise Valley NR. Mostly shady along the river with many birds and their babies to see and marvel at. Directions: There is a walk along the Umbilo River to the spectacular waterfall. We could be rewarded with sightings of Mountain Wagtails and several raptors. 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. Note: There is a small entrance fee.
Wednesday 16 January 19h00 – Indoor Meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Come to share your summer birding news and welcome new members for 2019. Presentation for the evening Birding the south-east Arizona hotspots by Nicolette Forbes. Come and see the area north of the border down Mexico Way before the wall ! Trump news followers will know what this means.
Sunday 27 January 06h00 – Krantzkloof Nature Reserve with Ismail Vahed Tel: 0837866733. This 600ha reserve, incised with deep gorges and covered with coastal scarp forest with patches of grassland and protea veld on the crest of the hills and with sheer cliff faces, has got to provide a wide and interesting variety of birds from Crowned Eagle to Blue-billed Firefinch, and many others in between, including the Narina Trogon. Park at Bridle road (main) entrance and pay the entrance fee of R30.00/adult or use a Rhino card for access. Breakfast will be on birding route; please carry your preferred goodies in a back-pack.
Saturday 2nd February 07H00 – North Park with Terry Walls. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel: 082-871-6260 Meet at the entrance gate, there is a fee payable or bring your Rhino Card. North Park Nature Reserve consists of 52 hectares of natural forest, adjacent to the Umhlatuzana River. It is home to many bird species and a large number of butterfly species. The established ponds are a haven for water birds. Some of the smaller mammals that can be found here are blue and grey duiker, mongoose and cane rats.
Directions: Travelling along the N2 south bound, take exit 161 – M7/Edwin Swales VC Dr / Queensburgh. Turn right into the M7 (towards Pinetown). Take exit 12 – M5/Main Road. Turn left into Main Road. Turn right into Anderson Road (there is a signboard); you will find the North Park Nature Reserve at the end of Anderson Road.
Tuesday 5 February 09h30 for 10h00 – Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. Speaker to be advised. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee will be provided.
Saturday 16 February – BLPN AGM at Palmiet. Details to be confirmed.
Weekend away 8 – 10 February –Join us to explore a new venue for a weekend away. Korongo Valley Guest Farm, a proud member of BirdLife South Africa, nestles between the rolling hills of Ixopo in the Ubuhlubezwe district of KZN. The area is surrounded by forest, wetland and grasslands which are home to a list of about 125 species. Some of these species are rather special and rare like Cape Parrot, Blue Swallow, Black-rumped Buttonquail and the Grey Crowned Crane (Korongo in Swahili). Various accommodation is on offer from camping to hutting and there is a bar and restaurant on the premises.
Check the site out at www.korongovalley.co.za or contact Sue to make a booking at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or on 0822289369. Please advise that you will be with the BLPN group for the weekend. Please also advise Jane when you have booked on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 13 February 19h00 – Indoor Meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Speaker to be announced.
Saturday 16 February BLPN annual AGM is scheduled for 14h00 at the Palmiet NR. After the business, our Hon President David Allan will talk on “Coming up for 20 years of counting the waterbirds in Durban Bay. What have we learnt and what are the key threats?”. This promises to be an excellent talk. Nicky is preparing the agenda and we will be electing a new committee. The braai will be there and the salads.
Wednesday 20 February 07h30 – Jubilee Park with Sandi du Preez Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431 A lovely, well-maintained Municipal park in Westville, which has become famous for good sightings of Magpie mannikins. Wetland and forest habitats. Directions: From Durban take the M13 and turn off at the Blair Atholl sign. At the traffic light turn left and then right at the Catholic Church (Church Road). Pass Westville Spar and then turn left at the T-junction (Langford Road) Carry on until you cross over the N3 and then immediately right into Marford Road. Then left into Princess Anne Place. Meet at the old bird hide. Entrance is free. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards.
Sunday 24 February 06h30 –A new outing structure especially for sedentary birders. I have had a request for an outing that does not involve a lot of walking and can be done in good habitat with like-minded people. This will be our first attempt so if you have difficulty getting around or even if you don’t join us for a morning of birding.
Sunday sit in at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve with Jane and Mike Roseblade Tel: 0824422982. Meet in the carpark near the disabled trail and we will set ourselves up there for the morning.
Saturday 2 March 07h15 – New Germany Nature Reserve with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel: 031 705 2902 email email@example.com. A delightful small reserve comprising grassland and forest. 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, otherwise 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. Park in the car park. They don’t charge an entrance, but do ask for donations
Wednesday 13 March 19h00 – Indoor Meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Speaker to be announced.
Sunday 17 March 06h30 – Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve with Mike and Jane Roseblade. Contact Jane 0824422982 firstname.lastname@example.org Lagoon, wetland, dune forest ecosystems yield some interesting birds, not to mention the sandy shores of the Indian Ocean. Always a good birding venue. Directions: From the M4 take the Umhlanga Rocks Drive turn-off. Travel east then turn left into Lagoon Drive at the civic center. Travel to the end of Lagoon Drive and the entrance to the reserve is just past Breakers Hotel. Park in their car park.
Wednesday 20 March 07h30 – North Park Nature Reserve with Sandi du Preez Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431 Coastal lowland and riverine forest with sandstone cliffs.
Directions: Take the M7 (Edwin Swales) from Durban. Turn off at the Northdene/Queensburgh exit, turn left into Old Main Road. Turn right into Anderson Road and carry on till the gate at the bottom of the road. There is an entrance fee but free for Wild Card and Rhino Card holders. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards.
Saturday 6 April 06h00 – Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve with Terry Walls contact 082-871-6260. Meet at picnic area. Entrance fee payable or Rhino Card. Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is an extension of the D’Moss green lung in the south western parts of Yellowwood Park. The reserve is regarded as one of the finest coastal / riverine forest and bush clump / grassland mosaic areas remaining in the greater Durban area and it is possible to see Narina Trogon among other species here.
Directions: Take N2 South from Durban. Take Edwin Swales offramp (Solomon Mahlangu M7) Turn left and continue to the first tragic lights, turn right into Wakesleigh Rd. then first left into Cliffview Rd. Continue along Cliffview to T junction at Sarnia Rd. Turn left into Sarnia Rd. Continue along Sarnia Rd to first intersection on the right, Coedmore Rd. Turn right and continue along Coedmore Rd. for 3 km. Entrance to the reserve is on the right.
Tuesday 9 April 09h30 for 10h00– Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. Speaker to be advised. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee will be provided.
Wednesday 10 April 19h00 – Indoor Meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Speaker to be announced.
Weekend away 12 – 14 April – Silver Streams Caravan Park with Jane and Mike Roseblade. Sitting in the Southern foothills of the Drakensberg, close to the Lesotho border with a bubbling berg river and gentle rolling grasslands this area produces good Drakensberg birding. Booking can be done on the website at www.silverstreams.co.za or call 0823316670/0828598619. Accommodation consists of camping, wooden cabins and chalets. Please advise Jane once you have booked on email@example.com
Wednesday 18 April 2019. Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve with Lesley Frescura @ 08.00. Lagoon, Wetland, Dune Forest ecosystems yield some interesting birds, not to mention the sandy shores of the Indian Ocean. Always a good birding venue. Directions: From the M4 take the Umhlanga Rocks Drive turn-off. Travel east then turn left into Lagoon Drive at the Civic Centre. Travel to the end of Lagoon Drive and the entrance to the reserve is just past Breakers hotel. Meet in the car park.
Sunday 28th April 06h45 – Burchell’s Coucal Eco Trail, Illovu Business Park with Tyron Dall. Please contact Tyron to confirm attendance. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp/SMS: 0826577400. Bird Specials for the trail include White-fronted Bee-eater, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Fiery-necked Nightjar (Seen occasionally during the day) and a good selection of Raptors including Western Osprey, Black-chested Snake Eagle and the resident African Fish Eagles. We will be walking along the banks of the Lovu River. Please note that some sections of the trail may be somewhat challenging and that the trails can become a bit flooded if the river level is unusually high, but we will make a plan. Directions: Address 1 Deep Tank Road, Illovo
From the North Side (Durban side) Take R603 Winklespruit/Umbumbulu turnoff, at the T-junction turn right, go under the N2 bridge then follow the directions for everyone
From the South Side (Lower South Coast side) Take R603 Winklespruit/Umbumbulu turnoff, at the R603 turn left then follow the directions for everyone.
Directions for everyone
1) At the 3rd road turn left (the road after the Engen garage) – there is a sign for the Illovu Business Park (Lower Illovo)
2) At the 3rd road turn left (the road after the big steel wheel). This is again marked with an Illovo Business Park sign
3) Go through the security – you will be asked to sign in – say you are going to the Nature Trail.
4) When through the gate drive straight to the grass parking area overlooking the river by the electric fence (about 70m).