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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 3 March 07h30 – Stainbank Nature Reserve with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place, 031 705 2902 or email@example.com. Open grassland, woodland, scrub and riverine vegetation, also a small dam which attracts some water birds and nesting weavers.
Sunday 11 March 06h30 – Cumberland Nature Reserve with Mike and Jane Roseblade. Entry fee of R20, please contact Jane to confirm you are coming, 082 442 2982. Cumberland Nature Reserve is a 300 ha private reserve situated in the Table mountain area, just east of Pietermaritzburg. Besides a wonderful selection of savannah species, one can also pick up a variety of wetland, forest and rocky outcrop species. Spectacular scenery and pristine veld add to the appeal of this reserve. Birding is good with 227 species recorded to date, and it is quite possible to see 80+ species in a morning’s birding.
Wednesday 14 March 19.00 – Indoor Meeting with Terry Walls. Entry fee of R10. This should be a wonderful evening as our Guest Speaker is Adam Riley director of Rockjumper Birding who is coming to speak on “The World’s Most Unique Birds”. Adam is a superb photographer and has gone to places where few others have ventured. He was guest speaker last month at Krantzkloof Birds, giving a wonderful presentation on Snow Leopards. Do not miss this opportunity to see, to share and to visit some of the world’s most unique places and the birds to be found there.
Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March 2018 Weekend Away: Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. Weekend away with Cheryl and John Bevan. We will be going to the vulture hide at 09h00 on Saturday 24 March 2018 ( If weather is bad on Saturday we will go on Sunday). We will bird in the area as time allows. Cost R50pp (old pricing stands for us, new price is R100 pp as it is costly to maintain the hide. Additional donations will be appreciated). Please confirm your booking with Cheryl Bevan 031-7083731, 0834079785 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please book directly with KZN Wildlife on 039-6791644, accommodation 033-8451000 or www.kznwildlife.com. Contributions will be required towards charcoal etc for communal braais. The camp is small, and there are rest huts as well which may be booked through KZN Wildlife (033) 845-1000. You’re welcome to come for a day as well. Directions: N2 South to Oribi Toll Plaza, keep in left lane, turn right over freeway and proceed inland about 22 km until you see the brown KZN Oribi sign. Turn right and then follow a sign left to reach the camp, or meet at the picnic site at the bottom of the gorge. About 2 hours. An entrance fee is payable.
Wednesday 28 March 07h30 – Msinsi Nature Reserve with Sandi du Preez, 031 701 4839 or 073 332 4431. Interesting bird sightings have been recorded from this small reserve on the UKZN Howard College Campus – Black Sparrowhawk, Little Sparrowhawk 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
Saturday 7 April 07h00 – Botanical Gardens with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place, 031 705 2902 or email@example.com. We will have refreshments at the kiosk after the walk.
Saturday 14 April 13h30 – BMCG with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.
Tuesday 10 April, 09h30 for 10h00 – Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. Chris Dalzell will be our speaker, topic to be advised. There is an entrance fee; tea and coffee is provided.
Sunday 15 April 07h00 – Umdoni Park, Pennington, with Dave Rimmer. Contact Dave on email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance. The birding is usually good in the winter months, from Crowned Eagle to Spotted Ground Thrush, and who knows what else may turn up.
Wednesday 18 April 08h30 – Bluff Nature Reserve with Lesley. A 45 ha wetland situated in coastal lowland with pan and hides. Meet in the car park. This reserve is managed by Ezemvelo KZN and there is an entrance fee. We are starting at the later time to enable negotiating the harbour traffic. Please bring tea, etc. for later.
Saturday 5 May 07h00 Burman Bush with Elena Russell. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. – Bring a picnic tea. Black Sparrowhawk is known to nest here and on previous visits Lesser Honeyguide has been spotted. Directions: Take Lilian Ngoyi Road (Windermere Road) from Sandile Thusi Road (M17) (Argyle Road) and continue along it until the end and turn left into Goodwin Drive. Go past the Bill Buchanan Home and then follow the signs from the Goodwin Drive/Burman Drive junction to the parking area on the left near the gate.
Wednesday 9 May 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Our guest speaker to be advised via “KZN Birds”. See you there.
Wednesday 16 May 7h30 – North Park Nature Reserve- with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. Coastal lowland and riverine forest with sandstone cliffs. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards. There is an entrance fee but free for Wild Card and Rhino Card holders. 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.
Sunday 20 May 7h00 Vernon Crooks NR with Steve Davis cell no. 083 775 4459 in case of inclement weather. A favourite birding spot and the cisticolas will keep us busy with ID. The wild flowers are always a treat. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards. Directions: Travel south on N2 from Durban for 60 km past Scottburgh, take the R612 Park Rynie / Umzinto turnoff, turn right over freeway and travel 12 km past Umzinto. Turn right at the signpost for Vernon Crookes onto good gravel road travel for 6 km to the reserve. Park at entrance and pay the entrance fee.
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.