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2018 Events

Barn Swallow Season NOW open from 5pm daily

swallowsCome and join us in witnessing the phenomena of Barn Swallows arriving from Europe.
Extend the invitation to friends, family, colleagues and business associates, this is something to be seen and experienced by everyone.

Open daily from 5pm until sunset (viewing closed if it is raining)

There is no big ‘Return of the Swallows’ festival this year, just an invitation to come and view the Swallows any day that is convenient to you.

APPEAL FOR HELP: Due to the poor show and very short Swallow Seasons over the past 2 years we are appealing to you for sponsorship/donations to assist with funding towards the upkeep of the Lake Victoria Viewing Site.

We do not have any sponsorship for the site and have relied on the entrance fee money to implement improvements and upkeep, these funds are now depleted. This is the first time we are appealing for help since the viewing site opened in 2006.

The gardens are looking amazing currently. Failure to secure funding will result in the closure of the Lake Victoria viewing site, this is so sad….we just do not have the funds to continue and therefore are appealing to you for assistance and contribution if at all possible during this very difficult period, here are the banking details:


ABSA SAVINGS Account: Mount Moreland Conservancy
Umhlanga Ridge Branch No: 632005
Account No: 9058493163.

Please use your name/company as a reference.


NOTE: This is first arrivals so it is still very early in the season and it is undetermined how many Swallows will arrive on an evening....the big numbers are still on route. Please see Daily Log


Wagtail Conservation Festival 2018: 9 - 10 November 2018

Wagtail DinnerWagtail Conservation Festival Buffet Dinner with Faansie Peacock – R165 per person

Friday 9 November | 7pm-9:30pm (doors open 6:30pm) | Amanzimtoti Sports Centre Conference Room

The Wagtail Festival Buffet dinner is an exciting way to kick off the festival. This year we are privileged to host one of South Africa’s leading birding and nature speakers, Faansie Peacock. Faansie is a highly sought after speaker, author and artist. The weekend will also see the official KZN launch of Faansie’s first children’s book. He will be doing his highly entertaining talk: "Bird Brain - a comedic look at what makes birders tick", which whether you are a birder or not you cannot miss! Tim Lewis and Tony will also be playing some music on the night to add to the night. You ticket includes a buffet meal (with vegetarian options), a welcome cocktail and a drink.


Albert Froneman ‘Fundamentals of Bird Photography – R250 per person

Saturday 10 November | 10am-1pm | Amanzimtoti Sports Centre Conference Room

Acclaimed bird photographer Albert Froneman will present an inspiring seminar on the fundamentals of bird photography.

Albert is an accomplished speaker and will share his in-depth knowledge on the techniques he uses to capture amazing images of birds with the audience. This educational seminar is aimed at beginner or advanced bird and wildlife photographers who would like to learn more about perfecting the art of bird photography.

Froneman Seminar

During the seminar you will learn more about various topics related to bird photography as Albert will demonstrate these using practical examples and spectacular images to illustrate the following:

- Equipment requirements

- Sharpness – it is all about shutter speed

- Settings for success

- Perched birds

- Birds in flight

- Field techniques

- Composition and perspective

- Processing techniques how to make a good bird photo even better

                                 - Recommendations for a quick and easy workflow using Adobe Lightroom

                                 - Editing workflow demonstration

Faansie Talk

Albert is based in Johannesburg and has been photographing birds for the past 30 years. He has received numerous local and international awards for his photography and when not behind the camera he works as an ornithologist in the environmental assessment field. He is a keen bird conservationist and regularly donates images to Birdlife South Africa to promote awareness about birds.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn and gain experience from an expert bird photographer!


Faansie Peacock ‘Wade Watchers – Waders Identification Course’ – R150 per person

Saturday 10 November | 2pm-5pm | Amanzimtoti Sports Centre Conference Room

In this 3 hour course Faansie will help you to unravel the mystery of waders. For many birders this group of birds is an area that they struggle to identify. This course is made up of three sessions in which you he will cover the ID’s of all of South Africa’s waders. The course is interactive, with attendees completing worksheets and exercises as they go along. The cost of the course includes a course booklet. Please note the cost of the course does not include the entrance fee into the festival.

Tickets for all the talks are available at Pick n Pay and on

Working the Wetlands Workshop: 9 - 11 November 2018

The Escarpment Bird Club is holding a Working the Wetlands Field Workshop in November! More information will be sent along with reservation/booking information in the next two weeks!

wetlands workshop

The Pan African Ornithological Congress

PAOC 2020


The Kruger Bird & Wildlife Challenge

Learn more about the Kruger Bird & Wildlife Challenge here.

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