12th September – Monthly Meeting


We will entertained in September by Sally Hofmeyr, an academic English editor and biologist. She has studied large terrestrial birds (including the Black Korhaan and Secretarybird) and how they are responding to environmental change. Since January 2016 she has been working full time for an online academic English editing company, while continuing with ornithological fieldwork — bird ringing, bird counts, and penguin monitoring — as much as possible.

The meeting starts at 18h30 and will be be preceded by the usual social get-together with drinks at 18h00.

Quiz Cancelled


The committee has decided to cancel this year’s Quiz, as it is very difficult to reschedule it, given the fact that key people will be away, events clash if a new schedule is chosen and all our monthly meetings are already committed one way or another.  We apologise and hope you will understand the reasoning behind this decision.

Quiz Evening Postponed


Sadly, we must postpone the quiz which was due to take place on Wednesday evening, due to the ongoing rioting which is taking place in and around Zwelihle.  We do not want to put anyone at risk by their having to drive through the area.

Members will be notified as soon as the security situation is resolved.  We apologise for the change of plans, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

To all those who have agreed to prepare soup, we hope you will be able to put your cooking schedule on hold until a new date is decided.



Please make the following changes to your diary for forthcoming events at the Hermanus Bird Club – changes affect the July and August meetings.

 18 July .   Our Annual Quiz takes place. Mike Ford will be the Quizmaster – Soup and sherry will be served at mid-way and we will have our usual donation wine available. Quiz starts at 18h30 and as usual the wine bar will be open at 18h00

 15 August    Pinky Ngewu from the Dyer Island Trust will talk to us about what they are doing to preserve our precious Seabirds. Wine bar opens at 18h00 and the talk starts at 18h30.

What Happened Last Night?


Yesterday, the usual third Wednesday of the month we had Dr Ross Wanless as our guest speaker.  Ross is an absolute boffin who shared his amazing knowledge – from Albatross’s with 3.5m wingspans, Penguin food concerns, deep line fishing and how the BLSA actions have reduced bird kill dramatically to eradicating mice on the Islands affecting bird populations and on to some areas of our oceans 500km by 500kms which have 32 000 000 hooks catching fish!

Sadly we had 20 people there – half of whom were committee and spouses despite the meeting being in the Hermanus Times, Village News and in the events on the blog.

John Saunders does an enormous amount of work on the walks and talks and I was so sad last night to see so few of our members at this stunningly brilliant presentation.




Following the confusion that appears to dog our members regarding the starting times for meetings, Craig, last night, made a decision to simplify the matter.  All monthly meetings will in future comply with the following times, irrespective of seasons:

6:00 pm.  Arrive at the Fernkloof Hall for a pre-meeting get-together with a glass of wine, if so desired.

6:30 pm.  The meeting will commence and will aim to finish at 7:30 pm, thereby giving members a chance to have supper, or whatever!  More time will be allowed for the AGM, annual quiz and other special events.

Club Meeting and AGM


Members are reminded that the AGM will be held on Wednesday 21 February.  This will follow immediately on a our regular meeting at which Duncan Butchart will speak on Garden Birds and present his book on this subject. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reduced price of R200.

The meeting will commence at 6:30 pm, and will be followed by an opportunity to socialise over snacks and drinks.

The next monthly outing will be held on Thursday 1 March and will be to Haygrove Berry Farm, under the guidance of Mike Ford.  Participants should meet in the gravel parking area at Hemel’n’Aarde Village at 7:00 am