Future Activities


BirdLife Port Natal

MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE: Indemnity forms must be completed before every outing and returned to the leaders.  Leaders, please send completed indemnity forms to Jane Morris (janette@mweb.co.za) for filing.

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.

KINDLY PHONE THE CONTACT PERSON FOR ANY SPECIFIC OUTING BEFOREHAND TO ENSURE THAT THE OUTING WILL TAKE PLACE. Participation is at your own risk. BirdLife Port Natal cannot be held responsible for theft/loss of property at any venue.

OUTDOOR OUTINGS: Please don’t forget to bring your tea/lunch baskets & chairs to socialise afterwards. Please note that many places now charge, so take entrance money, Wild and/or Rhino Cards with you.

INDOOR MEETINGS: Usually held on the second Wednesday evening of every month (except February and December) at 19h00 at the Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville.

KRANTZKLOOF BIRDS: Meetings are held at 09h30 on the second Tuesday of every second month at Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre and sometimes at the Kloof Methodist Church Hall.

Please make use of the opportunity to bird with like-minded people.

Support the outings as a lot of time and effort go into putting them together.

March 2019 

Saturday 2 March 07.15.  New Germany NR with Elena Russell.  Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place.  031 705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net.  A delightful small reserve comprising grassland  and forest.  Directions:  From Old Main Road, Pinetown, turn north into Otto Volek Rd.  Follow signs right into Mountain Ridge Road just before the M19.  Follow signs to the reserve.  Park in the car park.  They don’t charge an entrance, but do ask for donations.  Bring refreshments for afterwards.

Wednesday 13 March 19.00.  With Terry Walls.  Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Drive, Westville.  Many of our members are familiar with Andrew Pickles and his work.  He and his father spent many hours ringing Barn Swallows on the Mount Moreland site during the building of the new airport at La Mercy and afterwards.  Andrew continued with his work at the Umzumbe site near his home, and he will be talking about it and showing some of his wonderful ph otographs.  His talk is entitled “Ringing on the Umzumbe Floodplain”, and he will share not only the Swallows but also what other iconic birds he has photographed and ringed there.  This is an opportunity not to be missed, as Andrew plans to travel to the UK in April, and we may not see him again for a long time.  He is a member of our club, so make the most of the opportunity to enjoy his presentation, and chat afterwards and say a farewell.  We have no ringers in eThekwini at present and so Andrew’s absence will be a blow and a loss of the knowledge so painstakingly built up over the years. A small donation and refreshments afterwards.

Sunday 17 March 06h30 – Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve with Mike and Jane Roseblade.  Contact Jane 0824422982 janette@mweb.co.za 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 07.30.  North Park NR with Sandi du Preez 0317014839 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 until 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.

April 2019

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 janette@mweb.co.za

Wednesday 18 April 2019.  Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve with Lesley Frescura @ 08.00Lagoon, 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: dalltyron@gmail.com 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).

May 2019

Saturday 4th May: Krantzkloof Nature Reserve with Terry Walls. – 06h00. Please advise Terry of attendance and confirm arrangements 082-8716260 or email avianoak@yahoo.com Meet at Kloof Falls Picnic site. Entrance fee R40 (Ezemvelo KZN reserve. Further information and directions on: https://kknr.org.za/kloof-falls

Wednesday 8th May: Indoor Meeting -19h00. Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville.  Speaker to be announced.

Saturday 18th May 2019. 70th Anniversary Celebration:  This will be a celebration brunch commencing at 10h00. The club is very excited to be celebrating this significant anniversary and also that Hugh Chittenden has agreed to address us on this auspicious occasion and he will be speaking on “Birdlife in Durban and surroundings – Past and Present”.  Hugh’s photos are always fantastic and he will be sharing with us the fantastic and rich history of Durban’s birds.  Details of venue, ticket cost and catering arrangements will be provided soon.  We would love as many club members as possible to join us for this celebration so please Save the Date.

Wednesday 22nd May: IPHITHI N.R. with Sandi du Preez – 08h00. Please advise Sandi of attendance Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431 Directions:  Drive on the M13 from Durban and take the Everton off-ramp between Kloof and Hillcrest. Turn right at the intersection towards Everton Road and then turn left immediately after crossing over the M13 and BEFORE the railway bridge. Drive west along this road parallel to the railway line and then after about 100m turn right and cross the railway line into Camp Road. Then turn left into Edward Drive at T-junction. Entrance is on your right.  Wait outside the gate. We all need to go in together, so please be on time. A donation towards the Conservancy would be appreciated. Bring tea/coffee and eats for picnic afterwards.

Saturday 25th May: – Amanzimtoti Bird Park Meet at 06h45. Contact Tyron Dall on 0826577400 or Adam 0614853625 for more information

Sunday 26th May:  Eshowe and surrounds with Nicolette and Ticky Forbes – 07h00. Meet at the Dlinza Forest Chalets / Accommodation.  We will visit Dlinza Aerial Boardwalk / Dreadnought Farm walking trail as well as a local dam to which we will be given access.  We will stay over at the Dlinza Forest Accommodation chalets on the Saturday night for a braai and a chat about what we can expect during birding the next day.  They have offered us a great BLPN group rate of R600 per chalet per night if all four chalets are booked.  The chalets are completely equipped with bedding and towels and for self catering – we need only bring food and our drinks.  Please book directly with Bev at Dlinza Forest Accommodation, 2 Oftebro Street, Eshowe, Tel: 035 4742377, Cell: 0828028272.  Please let Nicky know if you are booking (nicolette@mer.co.za) so we can make sure to get a BLPN group rate.   There are only three chalets now available but there is more accommodation across the road should there be more wishing to join this trip.

Specials we might see in the forest include the globally threatened Spotted Ground Thrush, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Grey cuckoo shrike, Olive woodpecker, Yellow-streaked bulbul, Green Twinspot, Brown Scrub Robin, African Broadbill.  Martial Eagle and Crowned eagle breed in the reserve and Southern Ground-Hornbills include the grassland habitat in its territory.

Saturday 25th May: Birding Monitoring and Training Group (BMTG) with Rob Jamieson. Please contact Rob for venue, time and details of meeting.  rjamieson@absamail.co.za  or 0837770872.

June 2019

Saturday 1st June: Pigeon Valley with Terry Walls. – 07h30. Please phone Terry to advise of attendance and confirm arrangements 082-8716260 or email avianoak@yahoo.com Directions: Travelling along the N3 towards Durban, take exit 3 – Ridge Road/Berea. Turn right over the bridge towards Glenwood. After a while, you’ll find Mazisi Kunene Avenue on your left – turn into it. Turn right into Princess Alice Avenue and the Pigeon Valley Park will be on your right. There is no parking inside the park, so find a spot along the road. Phone Terry Walls.

Tuesday 11th June: Krantzkloof indoor meeting. – 09h30 for 10hr00Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. Speaker to be advised.  There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee will be provided.

Wednesday 12th June: Indoor meeting. – 19h00. Indoor Meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville.  Speaker to be announced.

Wednesday 19th June: Pigeon Valley with Sandi du Preez. – 07h30.  Please advise Sandi of attendance Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431 A small, remnant patch of coastal bush which once covered the whole of the Berea. Spotted Ground-thrush a special in winter and Buff-spotted flufftails also present. Six Sunbird species can be seen at this time of the year. 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. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards

Sunday 23rd June: Birding at Amber Lee in Howick with Crystelle Wilson. 08h00 Please contact Crystelle to confirm and get direction 0827235158 or crystelle.wilson@gmail.com. There is a lapa at the dam where you can enjoy lunch afterwards. Bring your food and chairs.

Saturday 29th June: –   Amanzimtoti Sports Club meet at 07h00. Contact Tyron Dall on 0826577400 or Adam 0614853625 for more information

Saturday 22th June: Birding Monitoring and Training Group (BMTG) with Rob Jamieson. Please contact Rob for venue, time and details of meeting. rjamieson@absamail.co.za  or 0837770872.

July 2019

Saturday 6th July: Durban Botanical Gardens with Terry Walls. – 07hr30.  Please confirm attendance and arrangements with Terry 082-8716260 or email avianoak@yahoo.com.  Meet at East side parking area 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea
https://durbanbotanicgardens.org.za/visit/general-visitors-information

Wednesday 10th July:  Indoor Meeting – 19h00Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville.  Speaker to be announced.

Weekend away 12th – 14th  July:  Umlalazi Nature Reserve with Jane and Mike Roseblade. Mtunzini has a lot of birding on offer and includes some winter specials like Mangrove Kingfisher, Chorister Robin-Chat and Spotted Ground Thrush, not forgetting that Palmnut Vulture is resident there.  For campsites make your own booking direct with the reserve office on 035 3401836. Hutted accommodation can be booked via   https://ekznw.co.za/Resorts/Umlalazi/Ezemvelo. Directions: N2 North Coast to Mtunzini Toll Plaza, for approximately 140 km, then follow the signs to Umlalazi NR.  Please advise Jane on janette@mweb.co.za if you are attending. Emails regarding activities, times etc. will be sent to participating members.

Wednesday 17th July: Lesley Frescura.  Time and Venue to be advised.  Please contact Lesley on galefra@mweb.co,za

Saturday 20th July: The winter CWAC count with Steve Davis.  11h30. The winter CWAC count at Umgeni River and Durban Bayhead will take place on Saturday 20th July 2019. Meet at the Umgeni Bird Park parking area at 8h30, for low tide at 11h30. Thereafter we will move on to Bayhead. Please bring hat, water, tea, snacks, binoculars and chairs (and wellies if you intend coming to Bayhead). We will have lunch near the Green Hub after the Umgeni count before moving to Bayhead. All welcome!

Sunday 21st July: – Amatigulu with Steve Davis.  Please advise Steve of attendance and to get final arrangements for the outing 0837754459 sdavis@smri.org. This small reserve is situated about 100km north of Durban.  Habitats include coastal, riparian and dune forest, grassland, Lala palm bushveld and estuary, the variety of which has resulted in a checklist of over 300 birds. Specials that have been seen here on previous trips include African Finfoot and White-fronted Bee-eater. Insect life is also usually good. Bring chairs and picnic lunch. Directions:  Take the N2 north over the Tugela River and turn left at the sign to Amatikulu NR. (The sign is well after you have passed through the second toll plaza at Groutville). Turn left at the signpost and at the stop street turn right going over the N2. Follow this road until you come the next sign to the reserve entrance. Turn left onto this gravel road which is at places somewhat potholed. Park inside the entrance gate. An entrance fee is payable.  About 1 hour.

Saturday 27th July: BMTG with Rob Jamieson. Please contact Rob for venue, time and details of meeting.  rjamieson@absamail.co.za  or 0837770872.

August  2019

Saturday 3rd August: Umhlanga Lagoon with Terry Walls. – 06h00.  Please confirm attendance and arrangements with Terry 082-8716260 or email avianoak@yahoo.com.  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.  Meet at the reserve entrance.

Sunday 11th August: Umdoni Park, Pennington with Tyron Dall.  – 07h30 Please confirm attendance via email or WhatsApp (dalltyron@gmail.com, 0826577400). Meet at the Environmental Centre. Umdoni Park consists of pristine coastal and riparian forest.  It is one of the best places south of Durban to find the elusive Green Malkoha. Winter will also be a good time to visit to try and find Spotted Ground Thrush, White-starred Robin and Olive Bushshrike. Other forest specials to look out for include Narina Trogon, Lemon Dove, Crowned Eagle, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Brown Scrub Robin etc. GPS location to meet up (Environmental Centre) is -30.392521, 30.682240, or see directions on https://blpn.org/activities/directions-to-bird-club-venues/ page.

Tuesday 13th August: Krantzkloof indoor meeting.09h30 for 10h00.  Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre.  Speaker to be advised.  There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee will be provided.

Wednesday 14th August: Indoor Meeting – 19h00.  Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville.  Speaker to be announced.

Wednesday 21st August: BOTANIC GARDENS with Sandi du Preez. – 08h00.  Please advise Sandi of attendance Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431 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. Black-throated Wattle-eye is a real possibility. After the walk we will go to the Tea Garden for refreshments.

Saturday 24th August: BMTG with Rob Jamieson. Please contact Rob for venue, time and details of meeting.  rjamieson@absamail.co.za  or 0837770872.

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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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