Bluff Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1961, making it Durban’s oldest bird sanctuary. The original extensive wetland area was split in two by construction of Tara Road, with the majority of the Vlei being to the east of the road. The reed beds potentially provide extensive roosting and breeding areas for several species of herons and egrets, as well as African Spoonbills and several crackers and rails. However, in the last few years breeding activity appears to have been mainly restricted to the likes Egyptian and spur winged Geese, swamp-hens and coots.
Some birds seen at the Bluff Nature Reserve
|Rufous-winged||African Purple Swamp-hen||Black throated Wattle-eye||Black Crake|
|Grey Sunbird||Yellow-throated Longclaws||African Fish-Eagle||Black-headed heron|
Kenneth Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve in Yellowwood Park, Durban, which was proclaimed in 1963. Established as a result of a bequest of land from Mr. Kenneth Stainbank, the area offers fine examples of coastal forest and grassland habitats for many species of plants and animals. There are 13 km of nature walks and a pleasant picnic site is available. A walk for the physically disabled has been specially designed. There is also a 10km mountain bike trail which is fairly challenging in places. An entrance fee is charged at the entrance gate, where visitors can obtain maps, plant and animal lists from the Field Range.
Some birds seen at the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve
|Grey Cuckooshrike||Scrub-Robin||Purple-Crested Turaco||Green Malkoha|
|Little Bee-Eater||Narina Trogon||Tamourine Dove||Lesser Striped Swallow|
|Squacco heron||Black Swallowhawk||Honeybird||Red-backed Mannikin|
|White-eared Barbet||Black Saw-wing||Spotted Ground-Thrush||Green Twinspot|
|Yellow-bellied Greembul||Mountain Wagtail||Grey Waxbill||Rattling Cisticola|
|Olive Woodpecker||Brown-Backed||Bronze-winged Courser||African Jacana|
|African Rail||Red-Chested Flufftail||White Browed||Yellow Weaver|
|Neddicky||Barn Swallow||Square-Tailed Drango|