Club Chairman:  Alan Weideman

Evening meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 19h00 at the Discovery Bowling Club, C/o Trichardt Street and Lucas Avenue (entrance in Lucas Avenue), Discovery, Roodepoort (Coordinate S26° 09’ 18.3”  E27° 53’ 22.6”).

 

Establishment of the West Rand Bird Club.

(By Henderick Bornman – Founder and Chairman 2006 to 2010)

 

The idea to establish a bird club on the West Rand goes back to the 1990’s when the West Rand Honorary Rangers started looking at birding as part of their activity list to promote Nature Conservation and to raise funds for the National Parks Board. This led to the “Kruger Park Big Bird Day” first undertaken at the end of January 1999.

It also occurred to me that Birding was mainly done in English and part of the focus was to promote Birding amongst Afrikaans speaking people, which I believe we achieved.One other concern was that there was no “formal body” to promote birding as a focus point on the West Rand.   A few of us joined the Wits Bird Club (WBC) on some of their day outings, but felt that there was still a “gap” so to speak on the West Rand as far as Birding was concerned.It was at that point, while birding in Roodepoort in the Kloofendal Nature Reserve one morning, that I met Koos van Dyk, at the time a committee member of the WBC. We started chatting and I explained to him that I wanted to start a bird club on the West Rand.  He explained his position within the WBC to me and told me that they had an East Rand satellite club and suggested that we rather establish a satellite club of the WBC on the West Rand. He explained that with membership systems, affiliation to BirdLife SA all in place, it would just be so much easier to establish a new club on the West Rand.

The idea of establishing a Bird Club as a satellite of an established, experienced birding organisation appealed to me and we decided to go ahead with arrangements. Koos called Murrie Slotar, chairman of the WBC that evening, explaining the situation and set up a meeting between Murrie and myself.  After that I was invited to a full committee meeting of the WBC where we “got the ball rolling”.This resulted in the inaugural meeting of the West Rand Bird Club on the 7th of June 2006, chaired by Lance Robinson, who had become WBC’s Chairman in the interim.

Becoming a satellite of the Witwatersrand Bird Club has proven to be a successful partnership.