with Susan Abell & Geoff Lockwood
Field trip to Verloren Valei Nature Reserve, 23 & 24 January 2021
Join two leading experts to explore the floral and avian treasures of one of the country’s biodiversity hotspots. Repeating the format from last year, we are offering a unique opportunity: two days with Ornithologist Geoff Lockwood and Botanist Susan Abell in the Verloren Valei Reserve near Dullstroom, an internationally important wetland.
On Saturday 23 January, the focus will be on flowers, specifically within the Orchidaeae, while on Sunday 24 January the focus will mainly be on birds.
Many specials will be flowering including several orchid species. We will look out for species such as Disa rhodantha, Disa patula var. transvaalensis, Disperis wealei, Disperis tysonii, Habenaria clavata, Habenaria dives, Satyrium hallackii ssp. ocellatum and Satyrium trinerve.
(Left to right: Dierama sp (harebell), Disperis tysonii, Habenaria dives, Protea parvula,
Satyrium hallackii ssp. ocellatum and Eulophia hians aestivalis
Birds to look out for include Yellow-breasted Pipit, Blue and Wattled Cranes, Denham’s Bustard, Cape Vulture, Buff-streaked Chat, Eastern Long-billed Lark, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Grey-winged Francolin, Ground Woodpecker and Southern Bald Ibis.
(Left to right) Denham’s Bustard, Blue Cranes, Yellow-breasted Pipit
R250 for both days (R200 for Friends of Verloren Valei, WOSA, LepSoc, SA Field Trials Club and Escarpment Bird Club members)
Booking is essential. A high-clearance vehicle is a must, and participants should be fairly fit and mobile as there will be some walking on uneven ground.