BLPN @ Kloof Open Gardens: 22 & 23rd June 2019

Please pop in to support the bird club. Get a list of the top 10 plants to have in your garden to attract birds. Lovely setting, interactive slide show and bird calls, test your knowledge, have some eats and treats and buy a few bird & nature goodies.

Aloes and succulents for sale in the garden.



The BLPN 2016 Calendar now available

Get your calendars now. Click here to contact Crystelle Wilson for yours.

Order Yours Now: 

BLPN Calendar 2016
BLPN Calendar 2016




Written by two of BirdLife Port Natal’s well-known members, Roy Cowgill and Steve Davis, this unique new guide will help identify the more common waders (shorebirds) in South Africa and will appeal to both experienced birders as well as novices.

Using classification, characteristics and behaviour, and based on an 8-point identification framework, the reader is guided through the stages of identification of shorebirds. The book also gives visual clues to both plovers and sandpipers through silhouettes and plumage patterns showing their relative size as a key to identification, as well as photos with key species characteristics. Also included are descriptions of habitats, tables showing seasonality, abundance, and distribution.

The book is available at CNA, Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, or can be ordered on-line from the Publishers, Jacana, by following the link:


New Books available through our Shop

The Verreaux’s Eagles of Roodekrans – a photographic tribute by Garth Heydenrych to the eagles that have over the years fought for survival in the Walter Sisulu Nationsal Botanical Garden.  To order this fabulous hard cover A4 landscape coffee table book with over 150 outstanding photographs, please e-mail  Price R275 including postage (Discount price for Bird Club members is R250).

The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa – Two magnificent coffee table books with over 1400 photographs of birds copvering all 960 species.  Pre-order offer only R1248.30 (save R550) includes free digital e-book of both volumes (offer ends 28 February 2014).  Purchase online at  

2014 calendar now available!

Dear all,

Crystelle and Hugh have outdone themselves this year, and here we are with the calendars already available for you.

BLPN Calendar 2014_flyer_email

2014 BIRD CALENDAR HOW TO: more details about the calendar and how to get your hands on these beauties: Size: 295 mm wide, 245 mm deep

Cost: R90 each or R250 for 3 Postage R10 extra per calendar NOW with a year planner and 13th month
Payment: Cash, cheque or electronic transfer

Order and send proof of payment to: Crystelle Wilson or fax 086 503 3343 cell: 082 7235158
Banking details: Bank: Nedbank, Smith Street, Durban Account name: Natal Bird Club Account number: 1305421663 Clearing code: 130526

Delivery: Can be arranged or include your address if you want the calendars posted to you



Woolworths launches the Cranes Bag

Hi everyone,

Woolworths has just launched their Crane Shoppers Bag, and they should have started appearing on Woolworths shelves  already.  A percentage of sales will be given to the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s African Crane Conservation Programme.  So, please, please head down to Woolworths as soon as possible to buy your bag, and please encourage your friends and family to head down to Woolworths as well to buy theirs, all contributing to crane conservation.  People can also purchase these online at the link below…



Cranes bag

International Crane Foundation / Endangered Wildlife Trust Partnership

Manager: African Crane Conservation Programme

+ 27 11 372 3600 | F + 27 11 608 4682 / +27 86 636 5854 | C + 27 82 877 5126

Email: / | Web: /  | Skype: kerrynm


Cranes of South Africa

Dear all,

Cranes of South Africa
Cranes of South Africa

Conservation Africa is proud to announce the launch of our second fabulous e-book, Cranes of South Africa – a celebration of South Africa’s three crane species (Blue, Grey Crowned and Wattled Cranes) and efforts being made to conserve them. We would appreciate it if you could please forward the promo below to your members. The book can be purchased online at and part of the proceeds will be donated to the EWT’s African Crane Conservation Programme and Karkloof Conservancy.

Many thanks, Bronwyn Howard – Editor, Conservation Africa

New Publication: Parrots of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands

Parrots of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands

Author: Mike Perrin

  • EAN: 9781868145522
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Dimensions and Pages: 240 x 210 mm, 400pp
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Recommended Price: R580
  • To order visit

Parrots’ colour and charisma, coupled with the fact that they mimic human speech, make them fascinating to many people. They are ancient birds with unique bill and foot structures that enable them to forage on fruits in the canopy of forest trees as well as on seeds in grasslands. Because they depend on fruits and seeds all year round, most species are confined to the tropics or sub-tropics, where the world’s biodiversity is at its greatest. There are over three hundred species of parrots, of which more than one hundred are recognised as rare, endangered, vulnerable or threatened with extinction.

Parrots are largely distributed in tropical areas of developing countries where economies are weak and uncertain, and where there is great dependence on the exploitation of natural resources, particularly hard wood evergreen forests, which are preferred parrot habitats. Unfortunately, high levels of corruption are common to these regions, with much illegal trade in animals and little or no law enforcement. Collectors of parrots in the first world pay huge sums for rare parrots. However, research, education and conservation actions are greatly reducing illegal trade in African parrots.

This book provides complete coverage of all aspects of the biology of extant African, Malagasy and Mascarene parrots, and reviews our knowledge of extinct and fossil parrots from the region. Particular themes include the behavioural and ecological characteristics of parrots, their species characteristics and conservation biology. Current concepts in avian and conservation biology are also discussed.

Parrots of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands is aimed at ornithologists, conservation biologists, avian ecologists, academics, bird watchers and parrot fans alike. It is well illustrated, with high quality original photographs, and includes distribution maps, figures and tables.

Mike Perrin obtained his BSc Hons at RoyalHollowayCollege, University of London and his PhD at ExeterUniversity. He undertook a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Canada and his first lecturing post was at MakerereUniversity in Uganda. Having then lectured for six years at RhodesUniversity, he took the Chair of Zoology at the then University of Natal, where he is now Professor Emeritus and Director of the Research Centre for African conservation. He has contributed to a dozen books, about 250 scientific publications and supervised many post-graduate students.