Modderfontein Conservation Society
Programme of Events: 2020

(Issued 10-01-2020)

The Modderfontein Reserve is administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust and is open to the public from 06h00 to 18h00 daily.

The Modderfontein Conservation Society has a programme of walks (for hikers and birders) every Tuesday morning. Please dress sensibly for these walks, in greens and khakis, with good shoes and a hat. Sunscreen and water are also a good idea. One Thursday evening of the month a talk is organised. These talks cover a large range of conservation and heritage topics.

The two monthly guided Sunday walks are no longer included in our programme. Since the Modderfontein Reserve was opened to the public and the trails more clearly defined and marked, more and more folks are taking self-guided walks. Attendances on the guided walks has steadily fallen over the years and the committee has decided not to continue with them. However, we can still make arrangements for guided walks for special interest groups. All you need to do is contact a committee member.

A map with written directions to help you find the reserve may be downloaded by clicking here. The best GPS co-ordinates to get you there are 26°05’34.9″S 28°09’10.2″E. The google maps co-ordinates are -26.093039, 28.152823.

All Walks – Depart from parking lot at Fish Eagle dam. Fish Eagle dam is the first opportunity to turn right after you enter the boom gate and there is a sign for the turn. For your own safety please note that all walkers in the reserve should have their ID number, medical aid, medical aid number and next of kin contact information available on their person in case of any incident.

The Tuesday walks leave from Fish Eagle dam promptly at the advertised times.

Bird Walks are held on the first Saturday of every month. For times and info please contact Pat Ayling on 082-465-3683 or Pat van Nierop 083-326-6838.

Heritage Day Walks are held in May & September and booking is essential. Please call Robbie Vermont on 082-800-3704 or Keith Martin on 082-450-4003. Cost is R50 per person.

Evening meetings take place at the Modderfontein Town Hall at 1 Casino Rd opposite the Modderfontein Bowling Club. Directions to the Town Hall may be downloaded from here.

Charges: Visitors pay R10 each to join a walk in addition to reserve entrance costs and R30 each for the evening talks. Members pay R10 for the evening talks. Conservation fee to enter the reserve R30/Adult & R15/child or pensioner.

January

Every Tuesday 08h00  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 16th 19h30 – Talk by: Dr Gwendolyn Wellmann on “Water Conservation and Climate Change”.

Committee Contact: Any Committee Member

February

Every Tuesday 08h00  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 20th 19h30 – Talk by: Peter Webb on “The Wonderful Queendom of Bees”.

Committee Contact: Carol Sherwood 011-524-0296 (h) 082-906-5794 (c)

March

Every Tuesday 08h00  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 19th 19h30 – Modderfontein Conservation Society AGM and talk by: Rolf Wiesler on “Reaching over 800 bird photos in the Southern Africa region”.

Committee Contact: Janet Brodrick 011-616-2872 (h) 072-679-6461 (c)

April

Every Tuesday 08h00  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 16th 19h30 – Talk by: Marcus Byrne on “Dance of the Dung Beetles”.

Committee Contact: Peter Olive 011-608-2799 (h) 083-461-6221 (c)

May

Every Tuesday 08h30  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 21st 19h30 – Talk by: TBA.

Saturday 16th 09h00 – Museum Day heritage walk. Booking essential. Contact Robbie Vermont on 011 608 2693.

Committee Contact: Jenny Gough 011-452-2201 (h) 082-685-0959 (c)

June

Every Tuesday 08h30  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 18th 19h30 – Talk by: TBA.

Committee Contact: Ellen van Dongen 011-462-3067 (h) 082-813-9611 (c)

July

Every Tuesday 08h30  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 16th 19h30 – Pam Vermont Memorial Quiz

Committee Contact: Robbie Vermont 011-608-2693 (h) 082-800-3704 (c)

August

Every Tuesday 08h30  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 20th 19h30 – Talk by: TBA.

Committee Contact: Daryl Fuchs 083-395-0778 (c) www.freestateprojects.org (w3)

September

Every Tuesday 08h00  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 17th 19h30 – Talk by: TBA.

Tuesday 24th 09h00 – Heritage Day walks around the Heritage Precinct of historic Modderfontein. Also a visit to The Dynamite Company Museum and Franz Hoenig Haus. Visitors welcome at R50.00 a head for the walk. Limited places are available so booking is essential. Contact Robbie Vermont on 011 608 2693.

Committee Contact: Keith Martin 011-608-2864 (w) 082-450-4003 (c)

October

Every Tuesday 08h00  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Thursday 15th 19h30 – Talk by: TBA

Committee Contact: Patricia Llewellyn 011-882-4114 (h) 082-497-9241 (c)

November

Every Tuesday 08h00  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Friday 27th 16h00 – End of Year Walk & Braai. The walk will start at 16h00 and the braai is lit at about 18h00. Come when you can and bring your own food, drinks, cutlery, crockery and something to sit on.

Committee Contact: Any Committee Member

December

Every Tuesday 08h00  – Walk in the Reserve – Contact Janet Brodrick 072-679-6261

Committee Contact: Any Committee Member

Any event listed here may be subject to change without notice