Please be reminded that any requests for the 2019 calendars (see previous posting) must be submitted to Mike Bryan before the cut-off date which is Friday 21 September.

Please also remember that the Challenge starts on 1 October and entries need to be submitted as per the previous notice in this respect.


2019 Calendars


The Tygerberg Bird Club is again offering their beautiful Bird Calendars at R110 each

To ensure that you get one please make payment by EFT to Hermanus Bird Club, FNB Hermanus, A/C No. 62107045892 clearly stating Calendar and Purchaser’s name.

Cut off for sales will be mid-September 2018.

Please direct any queries to me at email

Mike Bryan

Faansie’s New Bird Book


As a parent, I truly believe that the greatest gift you can give to your child is an interest in nature. So as an author, artist and dad, I am very proud to officially present my latest project: FAANSIE’S BIRD BOOK! The first ever fully fledged field guide for kids! The book is a whole new approach to birding, with minimum text and maximum fun. There’s loads of stuff to keep kids entertained: games, challenges, questions, trivia, hidden objects. The book covers all 722 bird species in South Africa – not just a few common or obvious ones. Also available in Afrikaans. Herewith a little sneak peek…

Faansie Peacock



Skulls and Bones


Please remember to let Pat Redford know if you have any bird skulls, bills or skeletons that she might be able to use for the HBC stand at the Fernkloof Flower Festival in September.  She can be reached at

This is an urgent appeal!!

Important News Concerning all of us


We have recently been notified that an application has been made to the Overstrand Municipality to build a whisky/gin distillery on the dirt road between the villages of Rooiels and Pringle Bay.  This is currently a pristine, highly sensitive ecological area, accessible only on foot (and by car on a dirt road to only a handful of small-holding owners).  It is a prime birding area, attracting many local and international birders, who come to see the Cape Rock Jumper and Ground Woodpecker, amongst others.

The application touts the merits of attracting vast numbers of tourists to the area to visit the distillery, and of course, service vehicles will be necessary for the operation of the distillery, as well as other impacts caused by an industrial activity.  Distilleries also represent very significant fire hazards.

This area is also a buffer zone for the 51st (Kogelberg) Biosphere.​

The Overstrand Municipality has invited interested parties to lodge comments concerning the application.  Comments and objections are due by 3 August 2018.

Please respond!!

TO LODGE AN OBJECTION, please e-mail Overstrand Municipality Manager via




“Really Good News”


Truly Incredible photos have been provided by our truly incredible members, so our call for “Bills, Bills, Bills” was a great success! Thank you so very much to all! Received over 100 pix!! Very hard to choose!

Very excited about the theme this year for the HBC stand at the flower show.

“dem bones” is the follow up begging campaign, and it would be great if we could ‘borrow’ any bird skulls or bird bills which may be lurking in your garages or on your shelves.  We never know what members have in store!  Perhaps look out on your next walk or just in the garden one may find a little surprise.

We will take special care to display them carefully and keep them safe for the duration of the show.

Thank you once again.

Kind Regards

Pat Redford