Welcome to BirdLife Port Natal

The bird club serving the greater Durban Area and an affiliate of BirdLife South Africa

Birdlife Port Natal was established in Durban in 1949 as the Natal Bird Club and as such is one of the oldest bird clubs in Africa. It is also one of the larger clubs affiliated to Birdlife South Africa, which in turn is the national partner of Birdlife International, the largest conservation organisation in the world. As an affiliate club Birdlife Port Natal, shares the goals of BLSA as they relate to conservation of birds and habitats within KZN and therefore the club plays an important role in conservation, as well as influencing various aspects of birding in KZN and southern Africa.

1. OUR AREA

The clubs geographical area covers the boundaries of the eThekwini Municpality on the subtropical east coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It is an area rich in bird diversity with 520 species occurring in an area stretching for 90 km along the coastline and stretching inland to the foothills of the Drakensberg.

2. OUR MISSION AND GOALS

The Mission of the Association is to promote the Enjoyment, Understanding, Study and Conservation of Birds and the Environment in the region of the eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, and to support BLSA in its similar objectives countrywide. The goals of the club support this mission through the co-ordination of a variety of activities for club members including meetings, presentations, bird outings locally and further afield and through support and participation of citizen science and research projects.

3. REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY

The six BirdLife KZN clubs meet bi-annually in February and September for the weekend BirdLife Forum. The Saturday is devoted to avian conservation issues in the province with inputs from academics, conservationists, ornithologists, BLSA professional staff members and citizen scientists made up of members from all 6 clubs. The Sunday is the Chairs’ Forum where the six club chairs, as well as others involved in BirdLife projects, meet to solve problems, share information and keep the communication channels open. All members are welcome to the Saturday Forum meeting. At the February meeting, a Chair of Forum is elected as well as a Chair of the Chairs’ Forum. Other elections include that of BLSA Council representative for all 6 of the KZN clubs and Treasurer of Forum.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Alan Archer says:

    Hi. Please let me know how to join and dues & where to pay subs. My son and i are very interested. Where do you meet & when. Thank you. Looking forward to meeting you.
    Alan & Jason Archer.

    1. Dear Alan and Jason – please visit our online application form on this site https://blpn.org/membership/online-form
      and you will see the costs of membership as well. If you are just joining the local club please ensure you add the R15 affiliation fee as indicated. If you both wish to be members please choose individual memberships and fill in the form twice. If Jason will be a family member on your membership then it is and additional R70 per year. Your membership gives you a lot – access to about 80 functions a year, online, meetings in person and walks and weekends away all over KZN. See the Membership page for these details https://blpn.org/membership/

      If you would like to chat or check anything please contact me directly on 082 451 8070 or by return email and I am very happy to help.

      Kind regards
      Nicolette Forbes
      BLPN Chair

  2. N. Demetriades says:

    I think BLPN is doing a great job for all our feathered freinds

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