Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve, Umzinto area
Afrikaans name: Vernon Crookes Natuur Reservaat
One of the dams in Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve
The reserve is popular venue for bird-watchers and over 300 species of birds have been sighted over the years. Here is a bird checklist.Accommodation in Scottburgh
Apparently Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve is home to the worlds largest earth worms which may grow up to 2.6 metres in length (they sound like snakes to me!).
The reserve is a great place for a picnic and is less than an hours drive from Durban. There is some accommodation available in the reserve.Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve has an impressive checklist of birds. One of the benefits of this reserve is that you can get out of your car.
Above - Crowned Cranes photographed near the large communications mast. They breed regularly in this area.
Below - a Lesser Honeyguide photographed at the main picnic site. The clump of trees in the middle of the picnic site is quite a good birding area.
Some mammals to look for:
Large Grey Mongoose
Checklist of some of the birds to be seen at Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve
African Emerald Cuckoo
African Black Swift
African Cuckoo Hawk
African Crowned Eagle
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
References and further readingAtlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Year Published: 2006 - Page: 88
Birding in Southern KwaZulu-Natal - Author: David Allan - Year Published: - Page: 10
Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 145
Country Life - Issue 250 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 60
Country Life - Issue 254 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 36
Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 144
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 163
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 215
The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 115
Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 306
Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 58
Where to see Birds in Natal - Author: Gordon Bennett - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 21
Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 171
Wild Issue 35 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 40