All about BMCG

What is BMCG?

BMCG is the Bird Monitoring and Conservation Group, consisting of members of BirdLife Port Natal with an active interest in bird-related projects. The group was formed in 1993 as the Bird Monitoring and Training Group (BMTG) to compile bird lists for reserves. In 1994, the group trained as guides for the forthcoming International Ornithological Congress held in Durban in 1998. In 2009, the group changed its name to BMCG to better reflect its role in conservation of species and habitats in Durban.


BMTG meeting at the Durban Botanic Gardens

Goal of BMCG:

To monitor and conserve birds and their habitats in Nature Reserves, Conservancies and other sites within the eThekwini Municipality.

Roles of BMCG:

  • To help fulfill the conservation goals of BirdLife South Africa, namely: species, sites, habitats and people
  • To identify species and sites that require conservation input
  • To monitor the birds and habitats in these sites
  • To ensure the collection and assimilation of accurate records that will reflect the status of the sites and may also be used for scientific projects
  • To interpret and use the information to conserve the sites and species in order to enhance the knowledge and enjoyment of birders
  • To develop links between the municipality, local government, other organisations and NGOs involved in the field of conservation
  • To provide voluntary expertise where required

BMCG meets immediately after the Saturday outing each month. See the Activities Program and Posts on the Home Page to find out the Venue for each month.

It is imperative that all BirdLife members make some contribution to the conservation of our birds and their habitats. BMCG welcomes all members to attend and participate in our meetings whenever you can. Come and find out how even a small contribution can help. If we all do a little then we can achieve great results, have fun and enjoy our birds as well.

To find out how you can help, click here.

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