Springside Nature Reserve

BirdLife Port Natal

Outing to Springside Nature Reserve
Saturday 1st December, 2018

Report by Terry Walls

The Springside Nature Reserve, proclaimed in 1948, is situated in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal. It conserves 21 ha of forest, grassland and wetland, and is managed by the eThekwini municipality and Hillcrest Conservancy. It was developed jointly by the Wildlife Society and the Hillcrest town board. (Wikipedia)

In Springside Nature Reserve you will find KwaZulu-Natal Sanstone Sourveld – classified as an endangered vegetation type. The Springside Nature Reserve has one of the last remaining relatively unspoilt areas of Sourveld Grassland in Hillcrest. Here you will also find 246 wild flower species, 173 bird species, 75 tree species, 11 mammal species and 10 reptile species.(show me.co.za)

Following a weather report of overcast sky and gusty winds, we were pleasantly surprised with a mildly overcast sky, and a slight breeze.

Fuftails, both Red-chested and Buff-spotted, calling from the reedbed opposite the…

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