Heinz is a South African born birder whose interests in birds and wildlife, in general, commenced at a very young age. He holds an Honours in Conservation Ecology and an MSc in Conservation Biology and has many years’ experience in the field.
Heinz hails from Howick in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands. His interest in birds and wildlife began on regular visits to some of the well-known Zululand reserves and the Kruger National Park. His passion for conservation led him to complete an Honours in Conservation Ecology focusing on the management of African Wild Dogs on a private game reserve in Zululand. This was followed by studying at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in Cape Town where Heinz completed his MSc in Conservation Biology, which included a 3-month stay on Nightingale Island in the South Atlantic Ocean studying one of the world’s rarest birds, Wilkin’s Bunting. Heinz has since also worked as an observer on fishing vessels off the coast of Cape Town for BirdLife South Africa, recording information on albatross and other seabird species found in South African waters, as well as working as an environmental consultant specializing on the impacts of mining and other developments on bird species occurring in wetland areas of South Africa. Some of his other interests include butterflies and reptiles.