BirdLife Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands


BirdLife  Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands

July 2017

Sunday 2 – Morning outing to Darvill at 7h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555

Sunday 16 – Outing to Pigeon Valley near Durban. Coordinator Ian Gordon 083 570 6782

Wednesday 19 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Drummond Densham entitled “Umgano Project Update”

Wednesday 26 – Morning outing to Hilton College Nature Reserve. There is a fee of R30pp. Meet the coordinator Peter Divall at the entrance gates to the college at 7h30.Contact details 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169

15 July – 15 Aug – Water Bird Counts (CWACs).  Contact Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333

Saturday 29 – Coordinated Avifaunal Road (CAR).   Contact Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169

June 2017

Sunday 4Morning outing to Darvill at 7h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Monday 5-9 A  trip to Somkanda Game Reserve near Mkuze.  Tented accommodation, communal ablution area; fully equipped kitchen tent.  Vehicles with high clearance essential.  The cost is R210pp per day.  Contact Eve Hughes 0828724333 to book.

Tuesday13 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by Adam Riley of Rockjumper Tours on “Humming Birds”.

Sunday 18 A day outing to Moor Park near Estcourt. Coordinator David Crampton 033 845 3512 or 082 771 7274.

Wednesday 21– Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Ben Hoffman of African Birds of Prey Sanctuary entitled “Dedication to Raptor Rehabilitation”.

Wednesday 28Morning outing to the Pmb Botanical Gardens. There is an entrance fee for pensioners of R15pp.  Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre at 7h30 to arrange transport. Coordinator Sally Cumming 033 239 2362 or 072 119 4259

May 2017

Sunday 7 Morning outing to Darvill at 7h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Wednesday 17 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Brent Coverdale on “Birds and Birds: are they equal?”

Sunday 21Morning outing to Cumberland. There is an entrance fee of R20pp.  Coordinator Roger O’Neill 033 386 3993.

Wednesday 31 Morning outing to Mbona Estate in the Karkloof.  Meet at Amber Ridge car park at 7h00 to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

April 2017

Sunday 2 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Sunday 16 –Easter Sunday – no club outing

Wednesday 19 – Presentation in Ambers Auditorium by Dr Roger Horner, retired Vet and keen birder. Topic to be announced.

Wednesday 26 – Morning outing to Bird Valley Estate near Albert Falls. Contact Norman Freeman 033 239 0843 or 083 453 7949, to confirm time of meeting and transport arrangements.

Back to top

March 2017

Sunday 5 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555

Sunday 19 – Morning outing to Fountain Hill farm, 2km before Wartburg from PMB on the right. Meet Nicholas, the Fountain Hill guide, at 7h00 at the gate.  Coordinator Peter Turner 082 332 0359

Tuesday14 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by Tammy Caine – “All about Owls”.  Tammy is the Project Manager of the Owl Box Project along the N3.

Wednesday 15  – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Dr Jason Londt – “What’s in a Name”.  The talk will explain the process of naming species.

Wednesday 29 – Morning outing to Ferncliffe Nature Reserve, at the end of Town Bush Road in Pmb.  Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h30 to arrange transport, and meet Jane Irvine (073 429 7142) at the Ferncliffe NR gate at 7h00.

Back to top

February 2017

Sunday 5 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555

Monday 6 – Fri 11 –A trip to the south coast of KZN.  Accommodation has been booked in two eight-bed self-catering houses in Southbroom at a cost R600 for the four nights per person sharing.  Bed linen is provided, but bring your own towels.  There will be visits to Umtamvuna Nature Reserve, Oribi Gorge, Sam’s Dam, etc  (entry to reserves extra).  Contact the coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333 to book.

Saturday 18 – A day outing to Ingula Pump Station near Harrismith to join their annual Wetlands Walk for World Wetlands Day.  Meet at Greendale shopping centre at 5h30 to arrange transport for the +200km drive.  Contact the coordinator in advance as the Ingula organisers need to know numbers.  Entrance is free.  Bring refreshments.  Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

Saturday 25 – Birdlife KZN Midlands AGM in the Ambers Auditorium in Amber Valley at 11h00. The guest speaker will be Dr David Johnson.  There will be a walk before the meeting, and tea at 10am.  Lunch will be available at 13h00 in the Amber Valley dining room.

Back to top

January 2017

Sunday 8 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00.  Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Tuesday 10  – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by Brent Coverdale on “Birds and Birds – are they equal?  An insightful look into the alien species in the province and the implications for biodiversity”

Sunday 15 – A day outing to Bayhead in Durban and surrounds.  Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Wednesday 18  – Ambers Auditorium, Amber Valley at 18h00: “Winged Migration”:  a 90-minute film which was awarded the 2002 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature Film.  Well worth seeing.

Wednesday 25 – Morning outing to Baynesfield area to see the Blue Swallow on the Seele family farm.  David Johnson will be the guide for the morning.  Meet at Greendale Shopping centre to arrange transport.  Vehicles with good road clearance necessary.  Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333

15 Jan to 15 Feb CWACs (water bird counts) at various water bodies in the Midlands.   Please contact Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333 if you are available to help.

Saturday 28CAR (Coordinated Avifaunal Roadcount):  summer road survey of larger birds such as Cranes, White Storks, Southern Bald Ibis, etc.  Contact Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169 if you are available to help.

Back to top

December 2016

Sunday 4 – The end of year braai will be held at Hilton College picnic site. Meet at the gates of Hilton College at 7h00 for the early morning birding, or arrive later for the braai. The fee will be R30pp. Bring chairs, food and drinks, friends and family. The fires will be organised by the club. NB If the road down to the Hilton picnic site is too wet, the walk and the braai will be held at Cumberland.

Coordinator of the walk is Colin Summersgill  033 818 9013 or 083 782 5113

Back to top

November 2016

Sunday 6 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator is Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555

Wednesday 16 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Peter Divall on “Tanzanian Experience – Birding & Migration”.

Sunday 20Outing to Gwahumbe Private Nature Reserve, Mid-Illovo. There is an entrance fee of R55 pp. Coordinator Ian Gordon 033 386 2314 or 083 570 6782.

Wednesday 30 – Morning outing to Rockwood in the Karkloof. Meet at the Amber Ridge car park at 6h30 to arrange transport. Coordinator Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083263 4169

Back to top

October 2016

Sunday 2 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator is Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555

Tuesday 11 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by David Johnson –“Gorilla Expedition to Uganda with some local bird specials”.

Sunday 16 – Morning outing to Benvie, Karkloof. There is an entrance fee of R50 pp. Coordinator Ian Gordon 033 386 2314 or 083 570 6782

Wednesday 19 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Bruce Mann, Senior Scientist with the SA Association for Marine Biological Research on “Marine Protected Areas in South Africa”

Wednesday 26 – Day outing to Spioenkop Dam near Ladysmith. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre to arrange transport at 6h30. There is an entrance fee of R40pp if you don’t have a Rhino or Wild Card. Coordinator is Drummond Densham 033 330 4039 or 083 321 7959

Back to top

September 2016

Sunday 4 –  Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator is Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555

Saturday, 17th September, 2016 BL KZN Forum at Umgeni Valley.

Sunday 18 – Morning outing to Bird Estate, Crammond. Coordinator Ian Gordon 033 386 2314 or 083 570 6782

Wednesday 21 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Nicolette Forbes on “Restoration of Lake St Lucia Estuary with its application to the bird life”

Wednesday 28 Morning outing to Benvie in the Karkloof. There is an entrance fee of R50 pp. Meet at Amber Ridge car park at 7h00 to arrange transport. Coordinator is Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333

Back to top

August 2016

Sunday 7 – Morning outing to Darvill at 7h00.  Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Tuesday 9 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by Nicolette Forbes on “Restoration of Lake St Lucia Estuary with its application to the bird life”.

Wednesday 17 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Rina Theron: “Update on Blue Swallow Monitoring and Conservation in KwaZulu-Natal”.

Sunday 21 – Outing to Zulu Falls near Mooi River, where the Southern Bald Ibis breed. There will be an entrance fee of R25.  Coordinator Colin Summersgill 033 818 9013 or 083 782 5113.

Wednesday 31  – Morning outing to Bisley NR in Pietermaritzburg. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 7h00 to arrange transport. Coordinator Sally Cumming 033 239 2362.

Back to top

July 2016

Sunday 3 – Morning outing to Darvill at 7h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Sunday 17 – Outing to Pigeon Valley NR near Durban. Coordinator Ian Gordon 033 386 2314 or 083 570 6782.

Wednesday 20 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Paul and Sally Bartho on “Birding and Birds in Australia”.

Wednesday 27 – A day outing to Kenneth Stainbank NR near Durban. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre to arrange transport. Coordinator  Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169.

15 July to 15 August – The CWAC (water bird counts) at various water bodies in the Midlands will take place. Contact Eve Hughes 033 3302723 or 082 872 4333.

Sataturday 30 – CAR: winter road count survey of the larger birds such as Cranes, Bald Ibis, and Bustards etc. Contact Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169.

June 2016

Sunday 5    – Morning outing to Darvill  at 7h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Tuesday 14 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by Peter Divall on “Tanzania Experience: Birding and the Migration”.

Wednesday 15 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Adam Riley on “Hummingbirds”.

Sunday 19 – Outing to Shongweni Dam NR. There will be an entrance fee if you don’t have a Wild card. Coordinator Ian Gordon 033 386 2314 or 083 570 6782.

Wednesday 29  – A day outing to Weenen Game Reserve near Estcourt. There is an entrance fee of R30 if you don’t have a Wild card. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre to arrange transport at 7h30. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

May 2016

Sunday 1   – Morning outing to Darvill at 7h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Sunday 15 – Morning outing to Cumberland. There is an entrance fee of R20pp. Contact coordinator Ian Gordon 033 386 2314 or 083 570 6782.

Wednesday 18 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by David Johnson on “Gorilla Expedition to Uganda with some local bird specials”.

Wednesday 25 – Morning outing to Cumberland. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 7h00 to arrange transport.  Coordinator Drummond Densham 033 330 4039 or 083 321 7959

April 2016

Sunday 3 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555

Tuesday 12 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by Moses Chibesa on “Foraging behaviour of Trumpeter Hornbill in urban environment”.

Sunday 17 – A day outing to Weenen Game reserve near Estcourt. There is an entrance fee but Wild Cards are accepted.  Coordinator Louis Mateus 033 345 4078 or 084 061 8496.

Wednesday 20 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Daniel Dolpire and Tanya Smith on “A photographic appreciation of Cranes, other Birds and Animals”.

Wednesday 27 – Morning outing to Umgeni Valley. Meet at the reception area of Umgeni Valley at 6h30. Entrance fee R24pp if you are not a member of WESSA or a do not have a season ticket.   Coordinator Norman Freeman 033 239 0843 or 083 453 7949.

March 2016

Saturday 5 – BLKZN Conservation Forum at WESSA Umgeni Valley. KZN Chairmen’s meeting is on Sunday 6 March.
Sunday 6 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555
Wednesday 16 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by David Allan on “Red-necked Buzzard: new for both south and southern Africa, with notes on the identification of other juvenile Buzzards in the region”.
Sunday 20 – Morning outing to Bisley Valley at 6h30 in Pietermaritzburg. Coordinator Ian Gordon 083 570 6782 or 033 386 2314
Wednesday 30 – Morning outing to Mbona Estate in the Karkloof. Meet at the entrance to Amber Ridge at 6h30 to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333

Back to top

February 2016

Monday 1-Friday 5 – Outing to Wakkerstroom. Accommodation at the Birdlife centre comprises 2 guest suites at R230pppn and 12 rooms with two single beds in a dormitory with ablutions at R160pppn. There is bed linen, but bring towels. We will have the use of a large kitchen and dining room. The guide, Lucky, charges R450 for half day and R750 for full day guiding, which will be divided by the number of people on the outing. Payment for the 4 nights must be paid to Eve Hughes before 6 January 2016. Coordinator Eve Hughes 082 872 4333 or 033 330 2723.
Sunday 7 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555
Tuesday 9 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by David Allan on “Red-necked Buzzard: new for both south and southern Africa, with notes on the identification of other juvenile Buzzards in the region”.
Saturday 20 – BLKZNM Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 24 – Morning outing to Moor Park, Estcourt. Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h00 to arrange transport. Coordinator Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169

January 2016

Sunday 3 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555
Sunday 17– A day outing to Bayhead in Durban. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555
Wednesday 20 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium at 18h00 by Roger O’Neill “Bird Identification – a twist in the tail”
Wednesday 27 –A morning outing to Boschhoek Golf Estate in Balgowan. Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h30 to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 082 872 4333 or 033 330 2723.

December 2015

Sunday 6 – The end-of-year braai will be held at Hilton College Lapa. Meet at Hilton College gates at 7h00 for early morning birding, or arrive later for the braai. The fee will be R30. Bring chairs, food and drinks, and friends and family. The fires will be organised by the club. Coordinator Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169. NB If the road down to lapa is too wet, the walk and the braai will be held at Cumberland.

November 2015

Sunday 1 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 3865555.
Sunday 15 – A full day outing up Sani Pass. Take passports and lunch. Coordinator Hugh Bulcock 082 3736569.
Wednesday 18 – Presentation at the Ambers Auditorium on “Birds and Mammals of Namibia and Botswana.  A Photographic Tour” by Peter and Anita Divall.
Wednesday 25 – Morning outing to Fountain Hill Estate near Wartburg. There is a R50 entrance fee. Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h30 to organise transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 3302723 or 082 8724333.
Saturday 28 – BLSA Birding Big Day

October 2015

Sunday 4 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.
Tuesday 13 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00. Topic to be advised.
Sunday 18 – Morning outing to Rockwood on the Karkloof Nature Reserve. Entrance fee to be confirmed. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.
Wednesday 21 – Presentation at the Ambers Auditorium Keep on clicking! Use your camera as tool to learn more about birds” by Crystelle Wilson.
Wednesday 28 – Morning outing to Rockwood on the Karkloof Nature Reserve. Entrance fee to be confirmed. Meet at Greendale shopping centre at 7h00 to organise transport. Coordinator Drummond Densham 033 3304039 or 083 3217959.

September 2015

Sunday 6 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.

Wednesday 16 – Presentation at the Ambers Auditorium “Lifting the Veil on Falconry” by Bruce Padbury of the Natal Falconry Club.
Sunday 20 – Morning outing to Benvie in the Karkloof. There is a R50 entrance fee. Coordinator is Ian Gordon 033 386 2314 or 083 570 6782.
Wednesday 30 – Morning outing to Benvie in the Karkloof. There is a R50 entrance fee. Meet at the Greendale shopping Centre at 7h00 to organise transport. Coordinator Karin Nelson 033 330 3027 or 072 779 4219.

August 2015

Sunday 2 – Morning outing to Darvill at 7h00 Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.
Tuesday 11 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by Craig Nelson on “17 000 kms in East Africa”.
Sunday 16 – Day outing to Zulu Falls near Mooi River, where the Southern Bald Ibis breed. There will be a R25 entrance fee. Contact the coordinator Hugh Bulcock 082 373 6569.
Wednesday 26 (note change of date) – Presentation by Morgan Pfeiffer at 18h00 in the Ambers Auditorium, Amber Valley. “Factors influencing the flight height of an endangered vulture: indications for wind-energy.”
Wednesday 26 – Day outing to Zulu Falls near Mooi River, where the southern Bald Ibis breed. There will be a R25 entrance fee. Meet at Greendale shopping Centre at 7h00 to arrange transport. Coordinator Drummond Densham 033 330 4039 or 083 321 7959.

July 2015

Sunday 5 – Morning outing to Darvill at 7h30. Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555x
Wednesday 15 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium, Amber Valley by David Johnson. Topic to be advised.
Sunday 19 – Outing to Pigeon Valley near Durban. Contact coordinator Luiz Mateus to arrange transport and where to meet: 033 345 4078 or 084 061 8496.
Wednesday 22 – Outing to Pigeon Valley near Durban. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 7h30 to arrange transport. Coordinator Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169.
15 July to 15 August – CWACs (water bird counts) at various water bodies in the Midlands. Contact Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.
Saturday 25 – CAR: winter road survey of the larger birds such as Cranes, Bald Ibis, etc. Contact Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169.

June 2015

Sunday 7 – Morning outing to Darvill at 7h30. Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.
Tuesday 9 – Presentation at Woodgrove by Morgan Pfeiffer. Topic to be announced.
Wednesday 17 – Presentation in the Ambers Auditorium , Amber Valley, by Peter Nelson from Eskom on “Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, Balancing development and the environment”.
Sunday 21 – Morning outing to Cumberland. There is an entrance fee of R20pp. Coordinator Colin Summersgill 033 818 9013 or 083 782 5113.
Wednesday 24 – Morning outing to Cumberland at 7h30. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

May 2015

Sunday 3 – Morning outing to Darvill at 7h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.
Sunday 17 – Morning outing to Umgeni Valley at 7h00; entrance fee R30pp. Meet at the entrance to Umgeni Valley: the gate allows only one car through at a time. Coordinator David Crampton 082 771 7274.
Wednesday 20 – Presentation by Brent Coverdale in the Ambers Auditorium, Amber Valley, on “Zululand Vulture Conservation – Working together to save our tree-nesting Vultures”.
Wednesday 27 – Morning outing to Umgeni Valley at 7h00; entrance fee R30pp. Meet at the entrance to Umgeni Valley: the gate allows only one car through at a time. Coordinator Karin Nelson 033 330 3027 or 072 772 4219.

April 2015

Sunday 5 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.
Tuesday 14 – Presentation at Woodgrove by Peter Divall on “Birds and Mammals of Namibia and Botswana.  A Photographic Tour”.
Wednesday 15 – Presentation by Adam Riley at the Ambers Auditorium in Amber Valley, entitled “In Search of the Snow Leopard”.
Sunday 19 – Morning outing to Bisley at 6h30. Coordinator David Crampton 082 771 7274.
Wednesday 29 – Morning outing to Bisley. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 7h00 to arrange transport. Coordinator Pam Nicol 033 330 2947.

March 2015

Sunday 1 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.
Tuesday 3 – Presentation at Woodgrove by Tanya Smith on “Wattled Cranes: Symbols of Water, Wetlands and Life.  Conserving South Africa’s Critically Endangered Crane”
Saturday 7 – KZN Conservation Forum 08h00 to 17h00. Venue to be advised.
Sunday 15 – Outing to Hillside Lodge near Bulwer to see Cape Parrots and other forest birds. There is a conservation fee of R30pp. This is a round trip of 160km. Coordinator Luiz Mateus 033 345 4078/ 084 061 8496.
Wednesday 18 – Indoor meeting at Amber Valley Auditorium “Bird Identification Dilemmas -Part 2”
Wednesday 25 – Outing to Hillside Lodge near Bulwer to see Cape Parrots and other forest birds. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h00 to arrange transport. There is a conservation fee of R30pp. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723/082 872 4333.

Fri 27, Sat 28, Sun 29 – course on raptors by Ulrich Oberpreiler at Amber Valley Auditorium.  Cost to be advised.

February 2015

Sunday 1 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.
Monday 2- 6 – Outing to Sand Forest Lodge or Mkhuze Game Reserve from 2 to 6 February (4 nights). For costs and other details contact Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.
Wednesday 25 – Day outing to Ingula Eskom Power Station near Harrismith. This will be a long day, starting with tea/coffee on arrival, then a 3-hour walk and tour of the power station. We will have early lunch and then bird until 15h00. A bird guide is optional. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h00 to arrange transport. The return trip will be 450km. Coordinator Drummond Densham 033 330 4039. The coordinator must be contacted before 25 Feb so he can advise the Power Station how many members will be attending. Bring tea and lunch.
Saturday 28 – Birdlife Midlands AGM at Amber Valley Auditorium at 11h00. Meet at 10h30 for tea before the meeting. Lunch will be served after the talk. There will be an early morning walk at 7h00 in Amber Valley round the dams and game area. Coordinator Mike Spain 033 239 5466 / 082 442 5016.

January 2015

Sunday 4 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.
Sunday 18 – Day outing to Bayhead in Durban. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555.
Wednesday 21 – A presentation at Amber Valley Auditorium by Craig Nelson “17 000kms in East Africa”.
Wednesday 28 – Morning outing to the Boschoek Golf Estate in Balgowan. Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h30, to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

December 2014

Sunday 7 – The end-of-year braai will be at Hilton College lapa. Meet at the Hilton College gate at 7h00 if you want to take part in the bird walk, or arrive later for the braai. Fee will be R20pp for the use of the lapa. Please bring your own food, drink and chairs (and family and friends). Coordinator Peter Divall 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169. NB: If the road down to the Lapa is wet, the walk and braai will be held at Cumberland.

Back to t0p

November 2014

Sunday 2 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett – 033 386 5555
Sunday 16 – Morning outing to Fountain Hill near Wartburg. There is a conservation fee of R50pp. Coordinator Rudi Hillermann – 082 440 8307
Wednesday 19 – Presentation at Amber Valley Auditorium: Sonja Krueger about her Bearded Vulture research (with which BLKZNM assists)

Wednesday 26 – Morning outing to Mt Gilboa above the Karkloof. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 6h30 to arrange transport. Coordinator to be announced.

Saturday 29 Birding Big Day

October 2014

Sunday 5 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett – 033 386 5555
Tuesday 7 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by Sonja Krueger on her survey of the Bearded Vulture.
Wednesday 15 – Presentation at Amber Valley Auditorium: topic/speaker to be announced.
Sunday 19 – A full day outing up Sani Pass. You will need to take passports and lunch. Coordinator Hugh Bulcock – 082 373 6569.
Wednesday 29 – A morning outing to the African Birds of Prey Sanctuary south of Pietermaritzburg near the Lion Park. Entrance fee is R40 pp. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre to arrange transport. Coordinator Karin Nelson 033 330 3027 or 072 779 4219

September 2014

Sunday 7 – Morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett – 033 386 5555.
Wednesday 17 – Presentation at Amber Valley Auditorium at 18h00 by Shane McPherson on the progress of his Crowned Eagle research (which the Club has helped to support).
Sunday 21 – Outing to Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve near Durban. Contact the Coordinator – Luiz Mateus 033 345 4078 or 084 061 8496.
Wednesday 24 – Morning visit to Benvie in the Karkloof. There is an entrance fee of R50pp. Benvie will be an Open Spring Garden that day and members will be welcome to stay on. Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre at 7h00 to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 or 082 872 4333.

August 2014

1st to 15th August – CWACs at various lakes/ponds. Please contact Eve Hughes if you would like to participate 033 330 2723 / 082 872 4333.

Sunday 3 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett – 033 386 5555.
Tuesday 12 – Presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 by Shane McPherson on the progress of his Crowned Eagle research (which the Club has helped to support).
Sunday 17 – Day outing to Zulu Falls Lodge near Mooi River, where the Bald Ibis breed. Contact the coordinator Sally Cumming 033 330 7175 / 072 119 4253.
Wednesday 20 – Presentation at Amber Valley Auditorium at 18h00 by Tanya Smith: “Wattled Cranes: Symbols of Water, Wetlands and Life:  conserving South Africa’s Critically Endangered Crane”.
Wednesday 27 – Morning outing to Albert Falls Dam at 07h00. There is an entrance fee (or Wild card/Rhino card). Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre to arrange transport. Coordinator Pam Nicol – 033 330 2947.

July 2014

Sunday 6 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07:30. Coordinator Gordon Bennett – 033 386 5555.
Wednesday 16 – evening meeting at Amber Valley Auditorium: Sally Johnson will give a presentation on “Baddies of the Bird World”.
Sunday 20 – Morning outing to Bed Rock, a property a few kilometres past Benvie. There will be a fee of R20 per person. Coordinator Eve Hughes 082 872 4333.
Saturday 26 – Coordinated Avifaunal Roadcounts. Contact Peter Divall if you would like to participate 033 239 5537 or 083 263 4169.
Wednesday 30 – Morning outing to Kilgobbin Forest in the Dargle. There will be a fee of R20 per person. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre to arrange transport. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 330 2723 / 082 872 4333.

June 2014

Sunday 1 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h30. Gordon Bennett 033 3865555
Tuesday 10 – Adam Riley will give a presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 on “South African endemic and near-endemic birds”.
Wednesday 11 – Bird ringing at Pam & Bill Nicol’s garden, 13 Riley Crescent, Howick. Contact Karin on 033 3303027 or 072 7724219
Sunday 15 – Morning outing to Cumberland. There will be a fee of R20 per person. Contact the coordinator Luiz Mateus 033 3434078 or 084 0618496 to arrange transport and where to meet
Wednesday 18 – “Bird Identification Dilemmas” at Amber Valley at 18h00. Moderator Peter Divall and panel members
Wednesday 25 – Morning outing to Cumberland. There will be a fee of R20 per person. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre at 07:30 to arrange transport. Coordinator Peter Divall 033 239 5537.

May 2014

Sunday 4 – Morning outing to Darvill at 07h00. Gordon Bennett 033 3865555
Sunday 18 – Morning outing to Hilton College at 07h00. There will be a fee of R20 per person. David Crampton 082 7717274
Wednesday 21 – Roy Cowgill and Steve Davis will give a presentation at Amber Valley at 18h00 on “Territory and Behaviour”. Remember to bring your Amber Valley entry card if you have one.

Wednesday 28 – Morning outing to Hilton College at 07h00. There will be a fee of R20 per person. Meet at Greendale Shopping Centre to arrange transport. Drummond Densham 033 3304039 or 083 321 7959.

April 2014

Sunday 6 – Morning outing to Darvill at 06h30 with Gordon Bennett 033 3865555.

Tuesday 8 – Sally Johnson will give a presentation at Woodgrove at 18h00 on bird and plant relationships.

Sunday 13 – Morning outing to Bisley. Coordinator David Crampton 082 7717274

Wednesday 16 – David Allan will give a presentation at Amber Valley at 18h00 on “Conserving Vultures”. Remember to bring your Amber Valley entry card if you have one.
Sunday 20 – Easter Sunday. There will be no formal outing.

Sunday 20 – Morning outing to uMngeni Valley. There will be a fee of R24 per person. Meet at uMngeni Valley reception. Contact the coordinator Sally Cumming to arrange time and transport 033 3307175 or 072 1194253.

Wednesday 29 – Morning outing to uMngeni Valley. There will be a fee of R25 per person. Meet at uMngeni Valley reception to arrange transport into the nature reserve. Contact Coordinator Pam Nicol to arrange time and transport -033 3302947 or 072 1457802.

March 2014

Sunday 2 – Morning outing to Darvill. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 3865555
Sunday 9 – Morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. Coordinator David Crampton 082 7717274
Sunday 16 – Day outing to Gwahumbe, this is an estate near Tala Valley which has very good birding. There is an entrance fee of R55pp and R70 per vehicle. Contact coordinator Colin Summersgill to arrange meeting place and time 033 8189013 or 083 7825113
Wednesday 19 – Evening meeting at Amber Valley at 17h30 for 18h00. Presentation by Adam Riley on “South African endemic and near-endemic birds”
Wednesday 26 – Morning or day outing to Fountain Hill Estate near Wartburg. There is a conservation fee of R50 pp. Meet at Greendale Shopping centre, Howick. Contact the coordinator Eve Hughes, to arrange meeting time 082 8724333 or 033 3302723

February 2014

Sunday 2 – Morning outing to Darvill. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 3865555
Monday 3 – Friday 7 – BirdLife KZN Midlands outing to Zululand with accommodation at Sand Forest Lodge near Hluhluwe. Costs: camping R100 pppn, bungalows R175 pppn, cottages R250 pppn sharing, cottages R400 pppn single. Daily outings from the lodge will be organised. We will visit Hluhluwe Nature Reserve, Muzi Pan, Mkuze NR, and False Bay. Coordinator Eve Hughes 083 8724333
Sunday 9 – Morning outing to Bisley. Coordinator David Crampton 082 7717274
Wednesday 19 – Evening meeting at Amber Valley at 17h30 for 18h00. A presentation by Martin Taylor on “2013 Regional Red List of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland”
Saturday 22 – 25th AGM of BirdLife KZN Midlands. The meeting will be held at Fernhill Hotel, and the guest speaker will be Professor Peter Ryan, past president of BirdLife South Africa. There will be an outing to uMngeni Valley at 07h00 before the AGM, followed by tea at Fernhill. Lunch will be served after the AGM
Wednesday 26 – Morning outing to Milestone Forest, the property of Priscilla Francis in Balgowan. Meet at Greendale Shopping centre, Howick. Contact the coordinator, Eve Hughes, to arrange meeting time 033 3302327 or 082 872433

January 2014

Sunday 5 – Morning outing to Darvill. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555
Sunday 12 – Morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. Coordinator David Crampton 082 7717274
Wednesday 15 – Evening meeting at Amber Valley at 17h30 for 18h00: a presentation by David Johnson on “Birds of the Drakensberg”
Sunday 19 – Day outing to Durban Bay with Gordon Bennett who must be contacted to arrange transport, time and meeting place 033 3865555
Wednesday 29 – Morning outing to Bed Rock which is a property a few kilometres past Benvie. There is a fee of R20 per person. Meet at Greendale Shopping centre, Howick. Contact coordinator Eve Hughes to arrange meeting time 033 3302723 or 082 8724333

December 2013

Sunday 8 December – End of year braai at Hilton College Lapa. We will be birding in the morning and then return to the Lapa for the braai. Please bring your own food, drink and chairs. Meet at the main gate of the college at 07h00 if you want to take part in the birding or arrive later for the braai. The fee will be R20pp for the use of the Lapa. Coordinators: Drummond Densham 033 3304039 and Peter Divall 033 2395537, 082 2634169. Bring family and friends

Back to top

November 2013

Sunday 3 November 07h00 – Morning outing to Darvill. Gordon Bennett 033 3865555.

Sunday 10 November 07h00 – Morning outing to Bisley. David Crampton 082 7717274.

Sunday 17 November – Morning outing to Moor Park near Estcourt. Peter Divall 033 2395537, 083 2634169.

Wednesday 20 November – Evening meeting and supper at Karkloof Country Club. Registration from 17h30 followed by a presentation by Dr George Hughes on “Sea Turtles – Dynamic Survivors” and then supper. Cost to be advised.

Wednesday 27 November – Morning outing to Moor Park near Estcourt. Eve Hughes 082 872 4333. Meet at Greendale Shopping centre at 06h30 to arrange transport.

October 2013

Sunday 6 October 07h00 – Morning outing to Darvill. Gordon Bennett 033 3865555.

Sunday 13 October 07h00 – Morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. David Crampton 082 7717274.

Wednesday 16 October – Evening meeting at uMngeni Valley: Sonja Krueger: “Bearded Vultures – wilderness dependent!”

Sunday 20 October – Morning outing to Tillietudlem in the Upper Dargle. Hugh Bulcock 082 3736569.

Wednesday 30 October 07h00 – Morning outing to Mbona Estate in Karkloof. Eve Hughes 033 3302723, 082 8724333. Meet at Greendale shopping centre.

September 2013

Sunday 1 September 07h00 – Morning outing to Darvill. Gordon Bennett 033 3865555.

Sunday 8 September 07h00 – Morning outing to Bisley. David Crampton 082 7717274.

Sunday 15 September – Outing to Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve near Durban. Contact the coordinator, Luiz Mateus 033 34 4078, 084 0618496 to arrange time and place to meet.

Wednesday 18 September – Evening meeting at uMngeni Valley. Mike Spain will give a presentation on “Birding! Where, Why and How?”

Wednesday 25 September – Outing to Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve. Meet at the Greendale Shopping centre at 6h45 or contact Drummond Densham 033 3303940, 082 3217959 to arrange time and place to meet along the way.

August 2013

Sunday 4 August 07h30 – Morning outing to Darvill. Gordon Bennett 033 3865555.

Sunday 11 August 07h30 – Morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. David Crampton 082 7717274.

Sunday 18 August – Morning outing to Cumberland. There is an entrance fee of R10 pp. Contact the coordinator, Colin Summersgill, 033 8189013 or 083 7825113 to arrange time and place to meet.

Wednesday 21 August – Evening meeting at uMngeni Valley: Eve Hughes will give an illustrated talk on “The Flora and Fauna of KZN Midlands”.

Wednesday 28 August – Morning outing to the Pietermaritzburg Botanic Gardens. There is an entrance fee payable. Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre in Howick at 07h15 to arrange transport, or meet at the entrance to the gardens at 07h45. Coordinator Pam Nicol 033 3302947.

July 2013

Sunday 7 July 07h30 – Morning outing to Darvill. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 3865555

Sunday 14 July 07h30 – Morning outing to Bisley. Coordinator David Crampton 082 771 7274

Wednesday 17 July – No evening meeting – too cold!

Sunday 21 July – Day outing to Shongweni. Contact coordinator Janice Shipway 033 3433278 or 082 5747879 to arrange time and meeting place.

Wednesday 31 July – Day outing to Weenen Game Reserve near Escourt.  Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre at 07h30 to arrange transport. There is an entrance fee of R30 pp unless you have a Golden Rhino or Wild Card. Coordinator Drummond Densham 033 3304039 or 083 3217959

June 2013

Sunday 2 June 07h30 – Morning outing to Darvill. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 3865555

Sunday 9 June 07h30 – Morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. Coordinator David Crampton 082 7717274

Sunday 16 June – Morning outing to MpushiniValley. Contact coordinator Colin Summergill 033 8189013 or 083 7825113 to arrange time and meeting place

Wednesday 19 June – Evening meeting at uMgeni Valley – Nick Theron  will talk about ‘Conserving Birds in the Important Bird Areas in KZN’

Wednesday 26 June – Morning outing to Cumberland. Meet at the Greendale Shopping Centre at 7h30 to arrange transport. There will be an entrance fee of R10 pp.  Coordinator Peter Divall 033 2395537 or 083 2634169.

May 2013

Sunday 5 May 07h00 – Morning outing to Darvill. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 3865555

Sunday 12 May 07h00 – Morning outing to Bisley at 7h00. Coordinator David Crampton 082 7717274

Wednesday 15 May – Evening meeting at uMgeni Valley – an illustrated talk by Meyrick Bowker entitled ‘Zululand’s large Colonially nesting birds – how are they doing?’

Sunday 19 May – Day outing to SaniPass.  Contact Hugh Bulcock 082 3736569 or email  hugh.bulcock@gmail.com  to arrange time, where to meet and transport

Wednesday 29 May – A morning outing to Boschhoek Golf Estate in Balgowan. Meet at 07h15 at the Greendale Shopping Centre to arrange transport.  Bring your own tea or you may buy tea at the Golf Club. Coordinator Eve Hughes 033 3302723 or 082 8724333

April 2013

Sunday 7 April 06h30 – morning outing to Darvill at 6h30. Coordinator – Gordon Bennett – 033 386 5555

Sunday 14 April 06h30 – morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park at 6h30. Coordinator – David Crampton 082 771 7274

Sunday 21 April 06h30 – morning outing to uMngeni Valley. Coordinator Sally Cumming 072 1194253

Wednesday 24 April 07h00 – morning outing to uMngeni Valley.The cost for entry is R24 pp if you are not an Umgeni Valley member, if you are please bring your membership card. I will collect the money and hand it in at the end of the morning. Coordinator Pam Nicol 033 3302947

Wednesday 24 April – evening meeting at uMgeni Valley. An Illustrated talk by Peter Divall and Pam Nicol on Winter LBJs made easier – we hope!

March 2013

Sunday 3 March 06h30 – morning outing to Darvill. Coordinator- Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555
Sunday 10 March 06h30 – morning outing to Bisley. Coordinator David Crampton 082 771 7274
Sunday 17 March 06h30 – morning outing to Lemonwood in the Dargle. Meet at uMngeni Valley to organise transport. There will be a fee of R10 pp. Coordinator Eve Hughes 082 872 4333
Wednesday 20 March – evening meeting at WESSA – An Illustrated talk by Shane McPherson on Raptors of the Steppe & the Mongollian Saker Falcon and the Artificial Nest Project.
Wednesday 27 March 07h00 – morning outing to Hlatikulu Crane Centre. Nick Shaw will speak about his work with the cranes and show us around the centre. After tea we will be able to take a walk to the wetlands. Coordinator Eve Hughes 082 8734333 Meet at uMngeni Valley to arrange transport. There will be a fee of R20 pp.

February 2013

Sunday 3 February – Morning outing to Darvill at 06h00. Coordinator Gordon Bennett 033 386 5555
Monday 4 – Friday 8 February – A Midlands BirdLife outing to Zululand. We will be staying at Sand Forest Lodge near Hluhluwe, in self-catering cottages at a cost of R200 pppn sharing. Single cost, is R350pppn. Booking has been secured for 14 people. Daily outings from the lodge will be organised. We will visit Hluhluwe game Reserve, Muzi Pan and Mkuzi GR, and False Bay. Leader Eve Hughes 082 8724333

Back to top