Activities

Unfortunately, we are only able to offer a limited program of walks because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please note that the number of places on each walk is limited and that you must contact the leader to book a place if you would like to attend.


Saturday 27 February 2021, 8.00am Barren Grounds
Leaders: Ralph Stadus and Nerida Hudspith, Mobile 0412 244 121
This is a half day walk with carry morning tea and lunch back at the car. Coming from Jamberoo on Jamberoo Mountain Road, the left turn into Barren Grounds comes on suddenly. It is not far past the new road works that fixed this year’s landslide. It is a tight turn signed “Barren Grounds”. Continue 500m on well graded gravel to the picnic area. Illawarra Birders are the guardians for this KBA (Key Biodiversity Area). This walk is in a unique eco system and can produce unusual birds. It is a good spot to learn bird calls. Limit is 10, so please text Ralph on 041 2244 121 to reserve a spot.

Tuesday 2 March 2021, 7.30pm, Evening Meeting

Coniston Community Centre, 26 Bridge Street, Coniston

‘Birds of Lake Wollumboola’, Professor Roger Truscott, UOW.

Please note the following:
We are allowed a maximum of 40 people in the hall and you will need to ‘register’ for the event by sending an email (penpott@yahoo.com <mailto:penpott@yahoo.com>) or SMS (0430 343 525) to Penny Potter.
You will be required to check in with the QR code displayed on the wall inside the hall so please have the Service NSW app downloaded on your phone before arrival if possible.
The wearing of masks is optional.
Seating will be socially distanced into single seats and family groups.  You will need to remain seated and no mingling is allowed inside the hall.  If you would like to chat to other members in the short break you will need to go outside.
Unfortunately, we aren’t allowed to share food so please do not bring plates of food to share with other members.  However, please bring your own food and drink to consume while you are seated if you would like to.
There won’t be any raffles, library or clothing sale.

Thursday 4 March 2021, 12.30 to 1.30pm, Botanic Gardens Walk,
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 let him know that you would like to book a spot if you would like to attend.


Tuesday 9 March 2021, 8.00am, Camden Bike Track
Leader: Ralph Stadus, Mobile 0412 244 121
This is an exploratory walk beside the Nepean River on a paved bike track. Bring carry morning tea and lunch back at the car.  We will meet in Belgenny Reserve, Belgenny Avenue Camden. This is just far enough west to produce a few birds we rarely see in the Illawarra. Limited to 10 so please text Ralph on 041 2244 121 to reserve a spot.

Friday 12 March 2021, 8.00am, Budderoo
Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Meet at 8.00am 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.

Saturday 20 March 2021, 8.00am, Tallawarra Ash Ponds
Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Bring carry morning tea and wear enclosed sturdy shoes.  Meet on Yallah Bay Road which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. This is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. If coming from the south, you need to take the first Dapto exit and turn right onto the Princes Highway. Yallah Bay Road is the second left after this turn. Park on the left-hand side of the road of Yallah Bay Road about 300 metres from the turn off opposite gate 37.  Please send Dave a text to let him know that you will be coming on the walk on 0409 071 815.

Sunday 28 March 2021, 8.00am, Atlassing at Bellambi
Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
An atlas survey of this IB adopted site, about 2 hrs duration. Meet in the car park at the end of Bott Drive, off Rothery Street, Bellambi.  Bring morning tea, hat, sunscreen and wear sturdy enclosed shoes.  Please send Martin a text to book your spot if you would like to attend.