Springside Nature Reserve, Hillcrest

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
The Springside Nature Reserve, proclaimed in 1948, is situated in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal. It conserves 21 ha of forest, grassland and wetland, and is managed by the eThekwini municipality and Hillcrest Conservancy. It was developed jointly by the Wildlife Society and the Hillcrest town board.
Some 150 species of bird have been recorded, including Forest weaver and visiting Crowned eagles. Plants include Tree ferns, Waterberry and Wild pomegranate. The reserve is relatively free of exotics, and a planned burning regime was implemented, which results in vigorous blooming of grassland flora when spring rains commence.
The entrance gate is opened at 7:30 am and closed at 4:00 pm. There are picnic and braai facilities, but no accommodation, and the resource centre can be booked for small meetings. A visitor can go on self-guided walks, or take part in organised wild flower (October, after burns) or monthly bird watching walks, which start at 7:30 am (summer) or 8:30 am (winter), on the second Wednesday of a month.
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  • This is a great walking and bird watching venue in the Hillcrest area. The reserve offers wetland, forest and grassland habitats and boasts a birdlist of in excess of 200 species. The paths are safe....  more »
  • Easy accessible. Quick touring. Not much traffic noise. Decent variety of plants and trees. Convenient for passing extra spare time.  more »
  • Hillcrest conservancy have done a fantastic job setting up and maintaining this jewel with such a diversity of plant and bird life.  more »
  • Nice quiet area for a walk. Not too strenuous. A few places to sit and enjoy the silence and some birds.
  • Amazing nature reserve with a lot of birdlife. Well maintained pathways through grassland, indigenous forest and wetland. Open from 7:30 to 4:30
  • A tranquil paradise in the big city. Nice walks.
  • Very well maintained. Easy smaller hikes. Kids can easily manage
  • Nature reserve well managed by local conservancy. Grassland and forest areas. Organised walks 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:30 in Summer. These for persons keen on birds but enjoyable for anyone who enjoys being out in natural areas. At times a wonderful array of plants in bloom.

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