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Announced homepage flock logoCALENDARone planet main imageSLider2Register for these live webinars Birdguidesflocktomarion2022ground hornbillBird of the Year 2020 Learn More transparentIMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA OFFICE CLOSURE Due to Covid-19 and to help prevent BirdLife South Africa’s staff, members, volunteers, and indeed the public from contracting the virus (and to help limit the spread of the virus), our offices will be closed with immediate effect. We will in future announce when we will re-open our offices. We have put measures in place to ensure that our staff can continue working from remote locations, so our bird conservation efforts will continue. BirdLife South Africa’s staff will be in email (and some in cell phone, WhatsApp, Skype and Zoom contact) and you can obtain their email addresses at https://www.birdlife.org.za/who-we-are/meet-the-team/. We believe that office closure is the responsible thing to do, and we also remain supportive of the South African government’s directives. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your understanding. 3Introducing the new Landscape Conservation Programme Read more… Decoy 001African Penguin Seabird Conservation Read more… top sa listers

South Africa Listers’ Club

The listing region is the area within the sovereign borders of the Republic of South Africa, thus excluding Eswatini (previously called Swaziland) and Lesotho, but including the Prince Edward Islands in the Southern Ocean and their associated 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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Ensuring pelagic seabirds can safely forage within our oceans and return to their breeding colonies.

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The world’s largest mass slaughter of vultures is unfolding in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau, where more than 2000 Critically Endangered Hooded Vultures have been deliberately poisoned since February 2020. This represents 5% of the country’s Hooded Vulture population and threatens the future existence of the species on the planet. Learn More

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Marion Island appeal

Marion Island is a South African territory in the south Atlantic, home to several threatened seabird species, including nearly half of the world’s Wandering Albatrosses. Unfortunately, these birds are threatened by an unlikely but voracious predator: the house mouse. Mice were inadvertently introduced during the 1900s, and have since wreaked havoc on the delicate island ecosystem. Until recently, the mice have only been predating on seabird chicks, but in 2017 the first predation on an adult Northern Giant Petrel was observed. BirdLife South Africa is supporting the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries to launch an island restoration project, which will rid the island of mice and aims to restore this once pristine breeding location. Mouse-Free Marion is currently in the planning phase, and updates on the project will be communicated as they develop. To support this work, please visit the dedicated website.


African Birdlife Magazine

BirdLife South Africa’s very own world-class magazine. Packed to the brim with birding travel, photography and conservation. A must for any bird and nature enthusiast…

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Make an online donation to help BirdLife South Africa conserve its country’s birds and their habitats. Donations to BirdLife South Africa may contribute to your B-BBEE scorecard as we are fully SED compliant in terms of the B-BBEE Act. We are also a registered Public Benefit Organisation (No. 930004518) and authorised to issue 18A tax certificates where applicable. Submit your donation through our secure and easy online donation form below.

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Join BirdLife South Africa today!

As a membership benefit, you will receive six 6 issues of BirdLife South Africa’s magazine, African Birdlife, 12 e-newsletters, a membership card and bumper sticker and, very importantly, you will contribute to the conservation of our country’s birds and their habitats.

Join a Bird Club

There are many benefits to be gained from joining a bird club, such as access to birding outings, fascinating nature-based talks and building new friendships with like-minded nature lovers. Click on the link below and find a bird club near you.

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Upcoming Events

Watch this space for BirdLife South Africa’s upcoming events.


Birder-Friendly Establishments

Are you a looking for a holiday destination or sleep-over spot which caters to your birding needs? Browse through our catalogue of Birder-Friendly Establishments to find your next birding breakaway…


Outreach Donation

Help us provide binoculars and field guides to children and inspire the next generation of birders and conservationists…

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