What has BMCG achieved?

  • Ongoing compilation of bird checklists for sites for various purposes
  • Participation in and contributions to ADU projects such as Birds in Reserves Project (BIRP), Co-ordinated Avifaunal Roadcounts (CAR), Co-ordinated Wetland Counts (CWAC) and South African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP).
  • Trained competent bird guides on Durban reserves for the

    Guides for the International Ornithological Congress 1998

    International Ornithological Congress in 1998 and BirdLife International Conference in 2004.

    Delegates to the 2004 BLI Conference

  • Compiled a publication Bird Checklists of KwaZulu-Natal Reserves: Part 1 Greater Durban Area

  • Made significant contributions to the BIRP project and My BirdPatch
  • Bird monitoring at Durban International Airport and the new King Shaka International Airport
  • Participated in the re-established KZN Rare Birds Committee
  • Improved the status of habitats in local waste water treatment works by tree-planting

    Planting trees at the Southern Wastewater Treatment Works


  • We enjoy birding and have fun
  • Established Champions for local reserves – but more champions are still needed – email Roy.

    At Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve: Steve Davis, Crispin Hemson (champion), Paul Bartho and Roy Cowgill

  • Developed a Reserve Feedback Form to report on the status of our reserves and green areas for submission to champions
  • Contributed to the monitoring of the Barn Swallows at the Mount Moreland IBA roosting site



  • Contributed to the IBA assessment at Umvoti Estuary
  • Created working relationships with:
    • eThekwini Municipality
    • Conservancy Association
    • WESSA
  • Participation in other conservation projects

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