is a 76-hectare reserve with the largest population of mangrove trees in the Durban area. The area is used as a nature conservation education centre. The black mangrove, the red mangrove, and the white mangrove may be seen. On the shoreline, there are sand dunes where creeping plants and pioneer scrub are to be found. There is some birdlife, including the mangrove kingfisher, curlew and water dike. The Natal nightjar may sometimes be heard. With the help of The Rotary Club of Durban Umngeni, a boardwalk has been built over the channels to gain access. You can also expect to encounter the strange mudskippers - fish that use their pectoral fins to either skim over the water or to propel them across the mud. There are also thousands of fiddler crabs with their single large claw and an assortment of mollusks. There are three trails in the reserve, taking the visitors to the bird hide and to the swamp, where waders come to feed. The Beachwood Mangroves Reserve is only open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 08h00 until sunset. The reserve is just off Riverside Road in
Durban. On the north bank of the Umgeni River. From central Durban take the M4 north, cross the Ellis Brown bridge over the Umgeni River, then take the first left turn into Riverside Road, left again about 300 m along this road and then a short way to the entrance.
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