Unfortunately, we are only able to offer a limited program of walks at the moment because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Please note that the number of places on each walk is limited to ten people plus the leader, and that you must contact the leader to book a place if you would like to attend.
Monday 19th to Sunday 25th October, National Bird Week & Backyard Bird Count
Let's show the rest of Australia the fantastic birds we have in the Illawarra to celebrate National Bird Week.
Go birding either solo or with friends in the Illawarra.
Record your sightings on the Backyard Bird Count app or webpage. https://aussiebirdcount.org.au
More experienced members will be willing to guide newer members when available, just reach out to committee members for starters.
Every quality list counts … how many can you do for the week?
Sunday 25 October 2020, Wader Count, 8.00am
Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418429132
Meet under the pines by Windang Surf Club. A count that is part of the national “Shorebirds 2020” Programme that will include: Windang Estuary, Why Juck Bay, Koona Bay. Bring morning tea, sunscreen, hat and wear enclosed shoes. Please send Martin a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.
Thursday 5 November 2020, Botanic Gardens Walk, 12.30 to 1.30pm
Leader: Martin Potter, Mobile 0437 683 677
Lunchtime bird walk. Meet at the Discovery Centre. We have permission to use the nearby car park on Madoline Street (off Irvine Street) as long as a car park pass is obtained from the Discovery Centre on arrival and displayed on your dashboard. Please send Martin a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.
Saturday 7 November, Jerrara Dam and Swamp Road, 8.00am
Leader: Ralph Stadus, Mobile 0412 244 121
Meet at 8:00am outside the gates to Jerrara Dam on Mount Brandon Road, Jerrara. Easy to find on Google Maps. This walk is about 3km and depending on birds takes about 2.5hours. Bring a carry morning tea. Jerrara Dam has a toilet but no drinking water. Please send Ralph a text to book your spot if you would like to attend or have any questions.
Sunday 8 November 2020, Atlassing at Croom, 8.00am
Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
An atlas survey of this IB adopted site, about 2 hrs duration. Meet at the oval car park at the end of the Tennis Court Entrance on Croome Road, Albion Park Rail. Please send Martin a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.
Friday 20 November, Budderoo, 8.00am
Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Meet at 8.30am at car park for Budderoo Fire Trail approx. 2.6km past the turn-off to Barren Grounds along Jamberoo Mountain Road. This car park is approximately 200 metres along a dirt road. After the 60 km/h bends on Jamberoo Mountain Road the speed goes back to 80km/h and you go up a slight hill. At the top is a dirt pull-off marked with two signs Budderoo Plateau and Budderoo National Park this is where the dirt road to access the track begins. Bring carry morning tea, hat, sunscreen and plenty water for the day. Please send Dave a text to let him know that you will be coming on the walk on 0409 071 815.
Sunday 22 November 2020, Barren Grounds Survey, 8.30am
Leaders: Ralph Stadus, Mobile 0412 244 121
Follow Jamberoo Mountain Road approximately 9km towards Robertson. On the left-hand side of the road you will see a “Concealed Driveway” sign. Very shortly after this turn left into the driveway for the reserve. Follow the dirt road approximately 500 metres to the car park/ picnic area. This is where we will meet for the walk. Please send Ralph a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.