Bird Watching Morning

Please join us on the Saturday 7 March for a morning of intermediate bird watching led by Justin Lofthouse. We meet at 06:00 at the main gate parking area.

The purpose of this outing is to identify as many birds as possible, and will be around 3 – 4 hours.

Justin spent 17 years as a guide in the Lowveld and in the Pilanesberg.

The cost is R100 per person plus R20.00 as donation towards the upkeep of our reserve. You will find our banking on our website under the Friends tab.

Booking ONLY as just 10 people will be allowed. First 10 people will be walking with us, so please confirm your booking as soon as possible.

Send a e-mail to info@moreletakloof.co.za with proof of payment, BUT please confirm your booking with Jeannie du Plessis (0829274673).

Bird Ringing & the BIG Clean-Up

We have a jam packed Saturday planned with two events taking place tomorrow 7 February 2015:

Please be part of the BIG drive to clean all our green areas starting from 05:30. You are welcome to join from any time, grab a bag at the gate which we will supply, fill it up and deposit it in the skip kindly sponsored by Star Skips placed near the Information Hut. (For all your skip hire needs, visit their website www.starskips.co.za or like their Facebook page: Star Skips).

This is a clean up effort that will take place in all the reserves in the east of Pretoria tomorrow. We will be focusing on the spruit areas and also cutting out some bug weed and invader plants. So if you have some clipers, bring it with and help us take out some invader plants (we will point it out to you). We will also clean along the spruit from above the dam wall (go into veld at the new wooden bridge, and walk along or in the spruit).

At the same time we will be hosting a Bird Ringing event that also start from 05:30. You can stop of at their tents while cleaning up, and see the work they do ringing birds. This will take place until around 09:00. From the youngest to the oldest love this
mornings.

Remember something to eat and drink, your camera and a small donation towards the upkeep of our own Reserve.

For more info mail us on info@moreletakloof.co.za.

Hope to see you there!

 

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February 2015 Events – Join us!

On the Saturday the 7th of February, we will once again have a Bird Ringing morning. Young and old love to see how the ringers catch the birds and work with them in such a caring way.

Best is to come early from around 06:00 (this will allow you to see the birds in the nets as well). The reserve is at its best so early. Remember something to eat and drink, walking shoes and maybe a small donation towards the reserve (we will have a donation box available).
On the same day you are also welcome to help us clean the Rademeyerspruit and the surrounding parts of the reserve where the storm water drains deposits all the street rubbish. We will supply bags and have a skip that you can deposit the bags into. Remember to wear old clothes and shoes. If you are you are brave you can walk in the stream, the most beautiful part of the reserve. This will be done in all the reserves and green areas east of Pretoria.

You can join us at any time from 05:00 – 11:00 – grab a bag at the gate and fill it up.

On Saturday the 21st of February we will be hosting a Mushroom Walk early in the morning followed by a talk afterwards by Liz Popich.
The walk starts at 06:00, when the reserve is still cool and fresh. You will be see the most special and colourful mushrooms and fungi that grow all over our reserve in the shadows.

For more info send us a message on Facebook, or e-Mail us on info@moreletakloof.co.za.

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Upcoming events for Spring

Upcoming Events in the Reserve:

20 September 2014 from 08.30:

We will have a walk/roll with Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones to enjoy the time together in nature. Contact us for more information on info@moreletakloof.co.za.

25 September 2014, 18:00 –19:00 :

Talk by Mr Mike Silberbauer on the state of the Moreletaspruit that flows into the Roodeplaat dam. He has been doing a very intensive study for the Adopt-a-river project. This is a very interesting talk about the water system’s source:  A fountain on the Wingate Golf course grounds until it ends as drinking water for parts of Pretoria.

From 19:00 we would like to invite you to join us at the Voerkraal (part of Rademeyers), to enjoy a nice braai with us (“Sundowners, T-Bones, Chicken Flatties” served from the braai). Please join us and meet all the other people that are involved with our reserve. Please let us know if you would like to attend (info@moreletakloof.co.za). This will be for your account.

11th October 2014,07:00 – 10:30:

We will have a Walk and Talk with Anto Eyssel-Knox and Rudi Bezuidenhoudtt. Both are specialists on wetlands and they will talk about our own wetlands as well as all the new veld flowers that will be blooming after the rain. We will meet at the parking, remember comfortable shoes, a hat, your camera, something to eat and drink and a R 40 donation towards the reserve. People really enjoy this walks, please join us.

18th October 2014 07:00 – 11:00:

People who have joined us for talks by Prof Adam Bumby will know how much he loves to talk about our own very special rocks and rock formations. Since his talks are always popular and well attended, we have invited him to hold another one. Please meet us in the parking area and remember good walking shoes, a hat, your camera, something to eat and drink and a donation towards the reserve.

30th October 2014 from 18:00:

We plan to have our Annual General Meeting for all our Friends of Moreletakloof as well as people who would like to know more about the reserve and what we would like to accomplish as community with this reserve, in cooperation with Nature Conservation. The date is now confirmed and notice will be sent out to everyone.

1 November 2014, vanaf 6.30 until 11:00:

Hein Bantjies and his team of bird ringers will once again join us for a morning of bird ringing, followed by a talk. They always take great care to show everyone how the ringing is done, and people have the opportunity to see the birds up close and help release the birds (something the kids really enjoy). This is another one of our regular events and always very well attended. This is also one of our events easily accessible for people in wheelchairs or people who are visually impaired.

As with all events, remember comfortable shoes and something to eat and drink.

For information on any of these events, please contact us on info@moreletakloof.co.za

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Events in August and September 2014

On 30 August 2014 from 07:00 – 09:30 join us for a walk with Rudie Bezuidenhoudt to talk about the wetlands of Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve.

Cost: R40 per person

This is the first speaker we have that will join us to talk about this important subject. This month we have seen quite a lot of sewerage leaks spilling into the water sources and walkways in our reserve. The talk will about the importance of these meadows in nature.

We meet in the parking lot of the reserve. Please remember to bring something to eat and drink, as well as your camera /binoculars.
 
On the 13th of September we once again everyone that visit our reserve regularly to join for a clean up session of the reserve.

We meet in the reserve parking lot at 07:00, and you can assist for as long or short as you can. We have kids that join us every year, and they enjoy going into the water and bushes to get all the litter out. It ends up being more fun than work!

Please wear clothes you are not afraid of getting a little dirty, and some refreshments for yourself. We provide the bags and will ensure it is removed from the reserve.

On 1 November 2014 from 07:00 until around 09:30 – Bird Ringing with Hein Bantjes and his team of ringers, followed by an interesting talk on bird ringing and photography.

Join us for a interesting morning of bird ringing – see how they catch the bird, weigh and help release the birds again afterwards.

People with disabilities are most welcome to join as the route to the bird hide is easy to navigate and mostly paved.

There is no cost, but  you are welcome to make a donation to the Friends of the Moreletakloof that help with the upkeep of the reserve.
 
For more info please mail: info@moreletakloof.co.za

Join us for Bird Ringing on 19 July 2014

Die Vriende van die Moreletakloof Natuur Reservaat bied op die 19de Julie vanaf 08:00 die oggend tot 10.30 die volgende baie interessante uitstappie aan:

Ons gaan vir kinders en ouers alles wys en vertel van wat die ring van voëls behels. Hein Bandjes en sy medewerkers ring gereeld voëls orals oor Pretoria en in ander streke, en weet waaroor dit gaan, en waarom die ring van voëls so belangrik is. Kom geniet die oggend saam met ons onder in die Kloof.

Hierdie uitstappie is ook geskik vir persone met spesiale behoeftes sowel as blinde persone. Al die geriewe waar dit aangebied word is toeganklik vir almal. Ons ontmoet in die parkering van die reservaat by die hek, en sal saam af stap of rol. Bring asseblief iets om te eet en drink in jou rugsak. Julle is welkom om verder deur die Kloof te stap. Vir meer inligting kan ons gekontak word op: info@moreletakloof.co.za.

Friends of Moreletakloof Nature Reserve will present a most interesting talk about the ring of birds on the 19th of July from 08:00 -10.30. Hein Bantjes and some of his fellow bird ringers will show you how they catch the birds, what they look at, how they ring the birds, and many more very interesting facts and reasons why it is so important to get all this information.

We would also like to invite persons who are differently abled and blind persons, to join us as this part of the reserve is accessible. We will meet at the gate in the parking area (please bring something to eat and drink), we will all walk and roll down together. Children and parents are welcome.

For more information you can contact us on info@moreletakloof.co.za.

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Walk or Roll Challenge

Join us for a ‘Walk or Roll’ challenge on Wednesday 7 May at 10:00.

We would like to invite persons making use of wheel chairs, differently-able as well as blind persons to join us for this challenge. It is your choice what distance you feel comfortable with – either the full distance of 4 km or the shorter distance down to the bird hide and rest deck. At the bird hide you will be welcome to enjoy the view over the spruit, enjoy the quiet, do a spot of bird watching or look out for  Zebra, Blesbuck and Springbuck. We will have marshals along the way as well as water points.

We start from the parking area of the reserve near the gate of the reserve, where there is also special parking available.

For more information please contact us on info@moreletakloof.co.za.

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Join us for a Bird Walk on 23 March @ 06:00

Come and enjoy an interesting Bird Walk with Rihann Geyer, on the 23rd March at 06:00, in the Moreleta Kloof Reserve. You will get to enjoy the big variety of birds while you walk among beautiful old Bush Willows and White Stinkwood, along the Rademeyer Spruit. You will also see our brand new Bird hide that is wheelchair friendly! 

  • The cost will be R 40/person, and please remember your binoculars and/ or camera, hat, WATER and something to eat.
  • The walk will take between 4-5 hours.
  • Please meet in the parking at 5:45, near the gate of the reserve.

For more information contact us at info@moreletakloof.co.za

Bird Hide

If you have visited the Moreletakloof Nature Reserve recently, you would have noticed our lovely new bird hide.

In the article below, BirdLife South Africa shares some interesting facts about bird hides, as well as a comprehensive manual on how to build a universally accessible bird hide. The Moreletakloof Nature Reserve’s hide is one of the plans that they share.

“In order to promote birdwatching, BirdLife South Africa realises that facilities such as hides and boardwalks are needed. Not only do these allow people to get close to birds, thus allowing the viewing of secretive species and providing bird photography opportunities, but they ensure that the impact on the environment, for example through limiting access across sensitive wetland habitats, is minimised.

It is important for bird hides to be carefully designed, properly constructed and well maintained. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and some hides have been poorly planned and built, and despite original good intentions often fall into disrepair. Sadly, many hides are also not accessible to everyone, such as to people who are visually impaired, in wheelchairs, or the elderly who have difficulty walking. In order to assist potential bird hide builders with the building of bird hides a document with the title “A guide to build universally accessible bird hideswas drafted and can be downloaded below. The document of 31 pages contains information about the planning, construction and maintenance of bird hides as well as sketches, technical drawings and more than 40 photographs to illustrate the text.”

For more, click here: http://www.birdlife.org.za/conservation/iba/657

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Lovely walk in the Moreletakloof Nature Reserve on 18th January 2014

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Spesiale uitnodiging aan almal van die Gemeenskap om die Moreletakloof, asook werklike Natuurliefhebbers wat graag meer betrokke wil raak in hierdie reservaat se uitstappies, onderhoud en beveiliging. Kom stap saam met ons en sien waarom dit so belangrik is om die groen  areas in u omgewing te bewaar, en geniet die mooiheid van hierdie kloof.
Ons sal 06:00 van af die parkering by die hek (uit Heliosstraat) , begin stap, maar onthou asseblief iets te drinke en ete asook u kamera.

Ons vra u om asseblief n donasie van R30 per persoon te doen vir die verf van ons palisade wat dit dringend benodig. Na n byna drie uur stappie sal ons net vir n rukkie gesels oor wat ons beoopg vir die kloof, vir 2014.
Vir meer besonderhede kontak: info@moreletakloof.co.za (Jeannie du Plessis)
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Lovely walk in the Moreletakloof Nature Reserve on 18th January 2014:

We would like to invite people from our community, Friends of Moreletakloof as well as people who would like to get involved in this reserve and specially those that love nature. Please come and see why it is so important to care for green areas in our communities, to protect and safeguard them.
Please join us for this walk, that will start at the parking area, near the gate from 06:00 for about three hours, that will end with a discussion about the plans for this reserve for 2014. You are welcome to bring something to eat and drink, on the way, but do not forget your camera. You will be surprised to see how beautiful this 100 hectare reserve is, and why we need to look after it. Please make a donation of R 30/person, that will be used to repaint and repair our 6 km palisade.

For more information contact Jeannie du Plessis at info@moreletakloof.co.za.

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