Activities 2020

The upcoming activities for the club are shown here with indoor meetings, presentations and walks and events listed chronologically. The upcoming confirmed February diary and the confirmed activities for March – May 2020 will be posted soon.

FEBRUARY 2020

Saturday 1st February 07h15 – PIGEON VALLEY with Terry Walls.  A summer visit to this small remnant patch of coastal bush which once covered the whole of the Berea. Please confirm attendance and arrangements with Terry 082-8716260 or email avianoak@yahoo.com

Tuesday 11th February 09h00 –INDOOR MEETING (Krantzkloof Birds).  Karen and Craig Nielson will entertain you with a topic to be advised.

Saturday 15th February 09h00 – BLPN AGM.  Please diarise this date.  Mark Anderson of BLSA will be coming to address us on this important day.  Venue and topic to be advised.  

Sunday 16th February 06h00 – KWA XIMBA with Dave Rimmer.  There can’t be too many places on the outskirts of the city where one can view or hear a mix of bushveld birds, forest birds, and of course water birds in the space of just a few hours as we wander along the Umgeni River. R30 per person Conservation levy to be collected at the outset. Please advise Dave of attendance and to confirm arrangements daverimmer@mweb.co.za 082 453 7255

Wednesday 19th February 07h30 – JUBILEE PARK with Sandi du Preez. A lovely, well-maintained Municipal park in Westville, which has become famous for good sightings of Magpie mannikins. Meet at the old bird hide. Please contact Sandi to confirm attendance Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431.

Friday to Sunday 21st February – 1st March – A WEEK IN ZULULAND with Jane and Mike Roseblade.  Encompassing 2 weekends come and join us for however long you can get away for.  We will be visiting wetlands and reserves at a time of the year when there are still migrants around.  Please advise Jane of attendance: 0824422982 or janette@mweb.co.za

Saturday 29th February 06h00 – BURCHELL’S COUCAL ECO-TRAIL, Lower Illovo with Tyron Dall. The Burchell’s Coucal Eco trail lies inland on the river in Lower-Illovo at the Illovo Business Park. You will need to sign in to access the trails, but the trails that wind along the river allow one to see Water Thick-Knee, Broad-tailed Warbler, Little Bee-eater, White-Fronted Bee-eater, Southern Brown Throated Weaver, European Honey Buzzard, Pygmy Kingfisher, Spotted Eagle Owl, as well as some great African Fish Eagle sightings up close. Please confirm attendance with Tyron on 0826577400 via WhatsApp or phone call.  

MARCH 2020

Saturday 7th March 06h30 – UMHLANGA LAGOON with Terry Walls.  Wetland, dune forest ecosystems yield some interesting birds, not to mention the sandy shores of the Indian Ocean. Always a good birding venue, and a chance to see a few waders before they leave. Please confirm attendance and arrangements with Terry 082-8716260 or email avianoak@yahoo.comLagoon

Wednesday 11th March 18h45 – INDOOR MEETING Colin Summersgill will be speaking on the importance of the SABAP2 programme to conservation.  Gain a better understanding of atlasing, some history and some personal anecdotes will make this an informative evening.

Saturday 14th March 2020 – 08h30 – 16h30 – The BirdLife KZN Forum – a day of interesting talks about birds and other conservation topics.  This event is open to all members and visitors and everyone is encouraged to attend.  Venue and Programme to be announced.

Sunday 15th March 06h30 – PRISCILLA VALE FARM, CAMPERDOWN with Malcolm Stainbank. A range of habitats to explore, including forest, grassland, cliffs, wetlands and dams.  Bring hats, sunscreen and walking shoes as there are short walks involved.  A high rise vehicle is a plus but come anyway and we will make a plan (doesn’t need to be 4×4).  Bring your picnic lunch, stay and bird as long as you like. Please advise Malcolm of attendance malstainbank@gmail.com or 083 781 1130

Wednesday 18th March 07h30 – PARADISE VALLEY with Sandi du Preez.  Forest and riverine birding – Mountain wagtails are always present. There is a small entrance fee and pensioners’ rates. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards. Contact Sandi to advise of attendance – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431

Thursday 19th March 18h30 – INDOOR MEETING (Sapphire Coast). Gill Van Wyk is doing a talk called ‘Gardening for Birds’ – Attracting birds to your garden is not difficult if you know what to plant and where to site the bird baths. Gill will speak about how to plant in such a way that you are able to attract a wide range of species to your garden by creating different habitats. She will also speak about the value of insects in your garden as well as giving some ideas of supplement feeding in difficult climatic conditions.  Venue: Lords & Legends, Amanzimtoti. Contact Adam for details 061-485 3625.

Saturday 28th March 06h00 – UMBOGAVANGO NATURE RESERVE, Amanzimtoti with Adam Cruickshank. Bird Specials for the trail include Olive Woodpecker, Mountain Wagtail, and Green Twinspot. This 36-hectare reserve is a conservation area that was the result of waste disposal dams being transformed and we will be walking on trails that lead through some exotic and coastal forest as well as dams with hides.  Please contact Adam on 0614853625 to confirm attendance via WhatsApp or phone call. 

Join us on our walks and learn about the world around you…


DON’T MISS THE AGM ON THE 15TH FEBRUARY 2020

Let’s enjoy and protect our birds together.