Hillcrest Conservancy hosts GUIDED Birding & General Nature WALKS with knowledgeable leaders on the second WEDNESDAY of each month in SPRINGSIDE NATURE RESERVE, HILLCREST – All welcome:
7.30 am October to April (inclusive) – 8.30 am May to September (inclusive)
Easy walks on well maintained paths; Tea/coffee served after the walks.
Donation R20 min. p.p. towards on-going Hillcrest Conservancy projects
Directions to Springside Nature Reserve entrance – 93 Springside Road, Hillcrest
- If approaching from the south (i.e. from Durban) on the M13, take the R103 off-ramp then turn right at the traffic lights and cross the bridge
- Proceed along Old Main Road, Hillcrest, until Oxford shops on the left, and Lillies Quarter opposite on the right
- At this set of traffic lights where Stonewall Road meets Old Main Road, turn right. Stonewall Road is between Lillies Quiarter and Shell Garage
- At the intersection of Stonewall and Springside Road, turn right and proceed down the steep winding hill
- Slow down as you near the bottom of the hill, and warn any following traffic that you intend turning left, as it is a sharp turn into Springside Nature Reserve entrance. It is well sign-posted.
Wednesday 9 October at 7.30 am SPRINGSIDE NATURE RESERVE
Look and listen for a wide variety of birds while walking in the Reserve
Binoculars recommended to improve your experience.
Interested in indigenous flora? Discover Springtime Wildflowers in the grassland, wetland and forested areas. Bring your field guide book/s
All welcome – R20 p.p. minimum donation
Enquiries: Sue 031-765 6809
At least 23 people set off in good weather as three groups led by Derek Spencer, assisted by Elena Russell, Oscar van Eyssen and Peter Farrington.
62 bird species were identified by sight and sound during the morning. Notable sightings included: a clear view of a Sub-adult Crowned Eagle and, later in the morning, a mature Crowned Eagle was seen flying overhead in the vicinity of the Kingfisher Resource Centre (photos below) – White-rumped Swift, Lesser Striped Swallow, African Hoopoe, Olive Woodpecker (twice), Black Cuckooshrike (female), Fan-tailed Grassbird, Olive Thrush, Cisticola (Zitting and Lazy), Holub`s Golden Weaver.
Birds heard included: Klaas`s Cuckoo, Cape Grassbird, Orange-breasted Bushshrike, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Southern Boubou, Black-backed Puffback, Kurrichane Thrush.
Thanks to: Derek, Elena, Oscar and Peter for guiding the groups; Ann Gibson, Anne Oliver, Carolyn Victor and Dianne Lyall for help with the refreshments; and to all who attended and donated towards on-going Hillcrest Conservancy projects.