Witwatersrand (Wits) Bird Club

More about the bird club:

The Witwatersrand Bird Club is the oldest bird club in South Africa having been established in 1947 and is a club which prides itself in supporting numerous local, national and international birding conservation initiatives and searching for, and enjoying the local birds of the region. The Club is a Non-Profit Organisation which welcomes members of any age, background or experience in birding - as long as they have one thing in common - a love for birds and a concern to conserve them and their environments. The objectives of the club include the promotion of, inter alia, the enjoyment, understanding, study and conservation of indigenous wild birds of South Africa.

Having been in existence for over 65 years the membership base is in excess of 300 members who are exposed to a wide choice of local and further-a-field outings, talks and presentations and birding courses. The club services the needs of the most novice of birders, through to the advanced and famous birders and will continue to do so heading into the future.

An active programme of events is always on the go by the club for the social birder, holds regular bird identification and photographic courses, conducts research and is involved in a number of recognised conservation projects. In addition, the club regularly presents various birds and birding courses, organises weekly outings (both local and further-a-field/abroad) and sells a range of birding products and regalia that can be sourced from the club itself.

Membership options:

  • Individual: R 345
  • Family: R 485
  • Senior Citizen (over 60): R 180
  • Senior Citizen family: R 320
  • Full-time Student: R 100
  • Country (outside of Gauteng): R 90
  • Non-BLSA member affiliation fee: R 15

Catchment area:

Johannesburg and surrounds including East Rand, West Rand and Henley-on-Klip.

Contact details:

Andy Featherstone - Chair
Mobile: +27 (0)83 259 0231
Email: afeather@mweb.co.za

Lauraine Leigh - Secretary
Mobile: +27 (0)83 387 1960
Email: witsbc234@gmail.com

Website: witsbirdclub.org.za

Meeting venue name:

Main Club meetings held on Zoom

East Rand Satellite
Country Life Retirement Village
GPS: -26.116622, 28.281631

Henley-on-Klip Satellite
Henley Retirement Village
GPS: -26.549063, 28.063257

West Rand Satellite
Discovery Bowling Club
GPS: -26.154989, 27.889736