Happening from the 25th April 2019 to 31st December 2019

Herewith the provisional dates for outings, monthly meetings and other events during 2019 in view of members diarising these. Further decisions regarding morning and weekend outings, as well as guest speakers at monthly meetings to be taken by those members responsible for these portfolios: 

Thursday 18 April at 13:00 to 14:00 – One hour clean-up blitz along the R43 between Kidbrooke & Hawston. Details to follow

Thursday 25 April: MORNING OUTING to Onrus caravan park, coastal path and Vermont salt pan – we meet at caravan park entrance at 08:00. Contact Anton at 082 550 3347

Saturday 27 April: Monthly BLO coastal clean-up at Mossel River. We meet at Eastcliff Spar at 08:00. Contact Elaine at 082 455 8402

Saturday 4 May: Provisional date for CWAC counts

Saturday 11 May: BLO Quarterly BIG BIRD COUNT

Monday 13 May: MONTHLY TALK – “Sunbird ecology and conservation” by Dr Anina Coetzee 

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May: A Flight Higher specialist birding course by Anton in Hermanus. Register now to avoid disappointment. Contact Elaine at 082 455 8402 for details and to register.

Note that another Pelagic Encounters cruise with Marine Dynamics is being considered for a clear day in May or June – the final decision on a date will obviously be weather dependant. 

Saturday 8 June: BLO monthly coastal clean-up on WORLD OCEANS DAY – We will clean the coastal area between Onrus beach and Sandbaai. 


Saturday 15 June: MORNING OUTING – We will visit the Napier district with Steve Peck as group leader

Saturday 13 July: MORNING OUTING – Destination and date to be confirmed given the weather

Thursday 18 July – Mandela Day: Many agencies do coastal clean-ups as part of the 87 minutes – should we not consider this for a coastal clean-up and cancel 20 July? 

Saturday 20 July: BLO monthly coastal clean-up along the first section of the beautiful Hoek van de Berg Nature Reserve


Saturday 3 August: Provisional date for CWAC counts

Saturday 10 August: BLO Quarterly BIG Bird Count 

Monday 12 August: MONTHLY TALK – Richard Masson to talk on birding in Swaziland. 

Thursday 15 August: MORNING OUTING – Overberg wheatbelt and canola birding in the Greyton district with Anton Odendal as group leader

Saturday 17 August: BLO monthly coastal clean-up from Davies Pool in Onrus to Brekfisbaai in Vermont

Saturday 24 August: MORNING OUTING – Visit to I&J tern roost at Danger Point with Antarctic and Roseate Terns as target species – Richard Masson as group leader

Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September: Specialist course – Details to be announced

Saturday 7 September: MORNING OUTING – We visit Jessie Walton’s hides in the Elgin Valley with Carin Malan as group leader

Monday 9 September: MONTHLY TALK – “The Crazy Gang in trouble – Reflections on our Bustards and Korhane” by Anton Odendal

Saturday 14 September: BLO monthly coastal clean-up on INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN-UP DAY along the second section of the Hoek van de Berg Nature Reserve

Saturday 12 October: MORNING OUTING – We visit the De Mond Nature Reserve with Steve Peck as group leader

Monday 14 October: MONTHLY TALK – Speaker to be confirmed

Thursday 17 October: MORNING OUTING – Fernkloof Nature Reserve – Volunteer still needed to lead the group

Saturday 19 October: BLO monthly coastal clean-up along the Mosselrivier coastal area

Saturday 26 October: MORNING OUTING – Cruise on the Lady Stanford from the village with Richard Masson as group leader

Sunday 20 to Sunday 27 October: The annual midweek tour to Kostaplenti in Nature’s Valley with Anton Odendal as group leader 

Saturday 2 November: Provisional date for CWAC counts

Saturday 16 November: MORNING OUTING – We visit Witkrans, the Danger point peninsula and other great birding sites in the Gansbaai region with Riaan Jacobs as group leader

Saturday 23 November: YEAR-END FUNCTION – We will again highlight photographs of some of our top photographers

Saturday 30 November: BLSA BIRDING BIG DAY and BLO Quarterly BIG Bird Count

Saturday 30 November: The monthly coastal clean-up around the Vermont salt pan and a section of road verge along the R43 at Vermont – we will need a large group to assist with this one

Saturday 7 December: BLO monthly coastal clean-up at the Onrus beach and coastline.


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