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.
PLEASE NOTE that the Sappi Stanger outing will now take place on Sunday 7 October. Please diarise and be there.
Saturday 1 September 06h00 Tanglewood with Elena Russell. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. – Meet at the bottom gate from 05:45 and we will all drive in together. Picnic tea at the Boathouse. Most important about meeting at the gate before 05:45 as the gate is then locked. Silver collection for the Hillcrest Conservancy. Directions: Travelling west from Durban to Kloof on the M13, after Pinetown take the Richmond Road/ Mariannhill exit (at the bottom of Fields Hill). At the robots turn left into Richmond Road, passing the BP garage on the left and Beiers Footwear – proceed through the robots at the Gillitts Road intersection. Immediately turn right into Trafford Road, pass M.A.N. Truck & Bus on the left – just before the robots turn right into tiny little slip road into Motala Heights. At the circle turn left into Naidoo Road – Tanglewood Farm Nature Reserve is approx. 500m from the circle.
Saturday 1 September 08.30 KZN Forum – WESSA Howick. Click here to view the program. A very worthwhile Saturday can be spent in beautiful surrounds, hearing about what is being done with regard to conservation in the province. A chance to interact with others from the province.
Wednesday 12 September 19.00 Indoor Meeting with Terry Walls. At Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Our guest speaker is Dave Bishop who will speak on his travels since leaving Durban, and the birds he has encountered. A small donation. See you there. Dave was known and loved by so many members so I’m sure this will be an evening of note.
Wednesday 19th September 07h30 – New Germany N.R. with Sandi du Preez. Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431 Grassland and forest birding. The wild flowers should be at their best this month! Entrance is free, but a small donation is welcomed. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards. Meet in the car park. Gate opens at 7.30. 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.
Saturday 6 October 06h00 Alverstone – with Elena Russell. Meet in the car park. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Sunday 7 October. SAPPI Hide 06h45 with Rex Aspeling. . Please contact Rex to confirm. Email: < email@example.com > or call: 082 301 8177. We will meet at the Picnic Area past the hide at 06h45. The first 10 will go to the hide and the rest for a stroll around the dam and swop later. Afterwards tea /coffee in the picnic area. Good idea to take cushions as well as chairs, tea/coffee.
Tuesday 9 October, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. Speaker is Nicolette Forbes on the Greatest Swamp on Earth. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.
Wednesday 10 October 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Speaker to be arranged. See you there.
Saturday 13 October. 13h30 – BMCG with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.
Wednesday 17 October. Wednesday 17 October. African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, 08.30 with Lesley Frescura. Opening time is 8:30 and show time is 10:30 , We have a small coffee shop where we do toasted sandwiches and beverages. Normal ticket prices are R70 Adult, R60 Pensioner, R40 Children -12. But we can reduce the Adult price to R65 per person. The Sanctuary is situated at Umlaas Road, next to the Lion Park. Tel 031 785 4382. Please let Lesley know beforehand if you wish to attend, so as to organize the adult price reduction.
Sunday 28 October. Nothing arranged as yet. If we have a venue and volunteer we will let you know.
Weekend away 2 to 4 November. Bahati Caravan Park with Jane and Mike Roseblade, email Jane < firstname.lastname@example.org > or Mike < email@example.com >. Book directly with Bahati, Annelie Ihlenfeldt Cell 0721900224 email < firstname.lastname@example.org > let them know you are with the Birdclub then let Jane and Mike know you are coming.
Bahati is a new Caravan park in the Bushlands area in Hluhluwe. There are 12 beautiful appointed shady stands with plug points and water taps, 4 family ablutions with showers and a communal washing up area. Tents are also very welcome. There are also 4 separate Caravan stands with en-suite and own kitchen, BBQ braai and fire pit. Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool area with Lapa, BBQ braai and fire pit. There is abundant bird and wild life around the camping sites and on the walking trails.
Directions: Take the N2 north from Durban, travel north past Richards Bay towards Hluhluwe, take flyover turnoff R22, travel through Hluhluwe town, past 4 traffic circles, at last traffic circle take 2nd exit (Allen’s Butchery) turn right onto D70 dirt road. Travel straight on for about 5km and find BAHATI entrance on right.
Saturday 3 November 06h00 – Shongweni – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. Bring a picnic tea & chairs. Pay your entrance fee by card. Cash not accepted. Wild Cards accepted. Take the left road as you enter and park, meet in the parking at the Resource Centre.
Wednesday 14 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 18 November – 6:00, Kwa-Ximba Conservancy with Dave Rimmer. Please confirm meeting time and place with Dave. 0824537255 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. There is a cost involved for the compulsory guide, we need a good turnout to reduce the cost to each attendee.
Wednesday 21 November 7h30 – Glenholm N.R. with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. This nature reserve is at the Kloof SPCA. Kloof habitat features are grassland, scarp and the rare swamp forest. Grassland and forest birding. WESSA has recently built a new boardwalk over the wetter areas in the swamp forest. We will all meet in the first parking area, just past the little dam. If you need directions, please phone Sandi. Entrance is free. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards.
Saturday 24 November is Birding Big Day. Make up a team and join in some serious birding or join in with one of the easier events organized.
Saturday 1 December 06h00 – Springside – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email email@example.com. Our Christmas outing grows from strength to strength. There will be a silver collection for the conservancy. Toasted cheese & tomato sarnies a la our master chefs Marion and John. I understand there are new braai facilities so if you can make a donation towards the braai all offers will be gladly accepted! Remember all are welcome you don’t have to pitch up at 06:00! But if you can let us know you are coming along (catering purposes) otherwise there may not be enough to go around!
Saturday 8 December 13h30 – BMCG with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.
Tuesday 11 December, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. – Speaker to be arranged. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.
Wednesday 12th December 7h30 – Paradise Valley with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. Forest and riverine birding – Mountain wagtails are always present. There is a small entrance fee and pensioners’ rate. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards.