Sharing Costs of Driving

Please be aware that the club still operates a system whereby drivers of vehicles used on outings should be reimbursed for fuel costs. We operate on a cost of R3 per kilometre to cover fuel only, so if four people share a car on a 60 km trip, then the cost per person is R45 each. Whilst this will never cover the actual running costs, we feel that it is only fair that those of us who constantly provide lifts, are getting some small return. The responsibility for recording distances lies with the driver.

2022 Membership

Please remember to renew your membership for 2022. Subscription fees remain unchanged at R250 per couple and R150 per single member. Payment can be made to;

Hermanus Bird Club,  First National Bank,  Hermanus,  Branch Code  200 412,  Ac No. 6210 7045 892,  using your name as reference.

Please also let Barbara know if you are a BLSA member.

Many members left the club, or failed to renew their subs this year, probably because the club was in virtual lockdown for most of the time. Since this is now changing, please consider coming back on board. We will endeavour to make 2022 a more interesting and inclusive year!

Donations – An Update

Barbara writes;

With the HBC not having had any meetings, activities or projects for such a long time, it is a relief to be able to resume activities and contribute to our birding community again.

To start off on a very positive note, the committee decided to make the following financial contributions: R5 000 to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai, R5 000 to BirdLife South Africa’s Marion Island eradication of house mice project and a R2 500 ‘present’ to BirdLife South Africa to celebrate their 25th birthday.

Things are Moving!

Your club held a Committee Meeting this morning which should be of interest to all members. Sadly, it was without John Saunders, our erstwhile Chairman, who has resigned from the committee due to ongoing health problems. We wish him well and extend our very sincere thanks to him and Irene, both of whom have always worked so hard for the club.

Ronnie stood in for a couple of weeks, but we now have a new committee comprising Craig and Barbara as Co-Chair, Johan as Treasurer, Margaret as Secretary, Ed in charge of Outings and Speakers, Guy looking after Projects and Ronnie doing the Blog. Unfortunately Sue has resigned, so we are looking for a volunteer to take over membership, local communications and catering. Please contact Barbara if you are available. Since we will require Covid Vaccination Certificates in order to attend meetings, please get your jabs before applying!

We hope to get the club active again, so please watch this space for news of walks, outings and meetings which are in the planning stage.

Duncan Butchart

We have just heard the very sad news of Duncan Butchart’s passing

Duncan was a local birder, he came to the club several times over the years and his presentations were always of very high standard and very popular.

His book Garden Birds in Southern Africa was a MUST and we treasure our copy with superb photographs and lots of information such as;

Feeding habits, Breeding information and also about the plants names etc. for the whole country that he recommended in order to attract birds to your garden.

I am sure Duncan will be will be sorely missed with many of you.

John Saunders…/obituary%3A…

Serious Admin Matters

February is the month for our AGM, but Covid is preventing any form of gathering, so we will have to make do virtually. Sadly, we have lost our Secretary, as Monika has resigned from the committee. Our most urgent business is therefore to appoint a new committee. At this stage it looks as if we need two new members, one to be Secretary and one to handle Walks and Talks. Obviously neither will be very onerous with the ongoing shutdown, but things may pick up as the year progresses. We are looking for volunteers or nominations for these two posts, to be confirmed once we have our virtual meeting on or around the 19th.

Please forward your suggestions and/or comments to John at or at 0789559785. Failure to find these positions will compromise our Club and we ask that you seriously consider getting involved. Running a successful club should be an enjoyable and stimulating exercise!

Alan McLennan-Smith

Christine Wakfer sent this image, taken in 2001, showing both Alan and Kathy. It must bring back happy memories!

It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of Alan. He was a founder member of the HBC and its first Chairman. We all owe him a great deal in terms of what he created and the joy that it has brought to so many of us. He will be greatly missed and out thoughts and condolences go out to Carol and the rest of his family and friends at this sad time.

I am sure that once we are again able to meet and conduct our business, we will all want to have a moment’s silence to remember this wonderful gentleman, as well as other members of our society who have recently passed away. Rest in peace, kind friend!

Kathy Dolpire

It was with great sadness that we learned, today, of the passing of Kathy Dolpire, another victim of the rampant Coronavirus. Kathy was a founder member of the Hermanus Bird Club and will be remembered by her friends for her happy, outgoing love of nature, and birds in particular.

The club and all it’s members extend their heartfelt condolences to her family and friends at this sad time. She will be greatly missed by the many people who knew and loved her.

Subs Now Due

John says,

  1. The Bird Club membership fee for 2021 is now due, at R150 per single member and R250 per couple, unchanged from 2020

HBC banking details (use your Surname as reference.)

BANK :-   First National Bank,   Hermanus,   Branch Code  200 412

Account Holder :-  Hermanus Bird Club,  Ac. No. 6210 7045 892

Please send completed application form (which is available under ‘About the Club’ on this site) and confirmation of payment to the Clubs treasurer Johan Groenwald – and, if possible, a separate email to Club Chair John Saunders –

  1. I have one spare copy of the superb Tygerberg Calendar for sale at R100

Anyone interested please contact John Saunders either on 078 955 9785 or via email to   

Christmas Picnic at Fernkloof Gardens?

We plan to have a Christmas Picnic on the evening of the 9th December at Fernkloof at 7pm.

Unfortunately, it cannot be confirmed just yet, as now that the Municipality is managing Fernkloof, we need their permission to be there after the normal closing time.

However, Guy is meeting with the Municipality General manager in the next day or two in order to seek their permission and he is optimistic they will grant an extension for us.

At this stage we would like to get some idea of numbers hence those interested should contact me at if interested and we will get back to hopefully confirm in the next day or two.

John Saunders