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Birding Big Day

Birding Big Day 2014

Saturday 29 November 2014

BirdLife South Africa’s annual Birding Big Day has a number of categories to suit the needs of all birders. 2014 marks the 30th annual Birding Big Day and an exciting new category has been added. Bird your ‘Hood gives you 24 hours to go birding in your garden, local park or school grounds; as long as it is close enough to walk, bike or hike. Birding Big Day 2014 is not only around which team can see the most species. During this year’s event, teams can contribute to one national species list to see how close we can get to recording the 845 bird species that occur in South Africa in just one day!

There is no entry fee. However, raise R250 or more in sponsorship for BirdLife South Africa's important bird conservation work and you will receive a Birding Big Day cloth badge and be entered into the lucky draw.

The categories

Bird your “Hood BBD BYH Flyer Front Cover plain

  • Record all the bird species seen or heard in your garden, local park, school grounds or suburb during a 24-hour period.
  • You may count all birds seen or heard, including those flying overhead. Only free-flying birds may be recorded (no caged birds)
  • Teams can consist of one to ten people.
  • BirdLife South Africa would like to recommend that data submission be made through the MyBirdPatch project.
  • Read more about MyBirdPatch at http://mybirdpatch.adu.org.za/

 

Open "For the serious searcher"SABAP2 logo

  • The maximum area that can be visited is an area within a radius of 50 km during a 24-hour period.
  • Teams can consist of two to four people.
  • The majority of the team members have to agree on a call or sighting and only free-flying birds may be recorded (no caged birds).
  • BirdLife South Africa would like to recommend that data submission be made through SABAP2 (Southern Africa Bird Atlas Project 2).
  • To find out more or to register as an atlaser, visit http://sabap2.adu.org.za/

 

Family/Community "For the fun of finding"Birders

  • The maximum area that can be visited is an area within a radius of 50 km during a 24-hour period.
  • Teams can consist of two to twenty people.
  • The majority of the team members have to agree on a call or sighting and only free-flying birds may be recorded (no caged birds).
  • BirdLife South Africa would like to recommend that data submission be made through SABAP2 (Southern Africa Bird Atlas Project 2).
  • To find out more or to register as an atlaser, visit http://sabap2.adu.org.za/
Birding with a purpose

As a birder, one of the most valuable contributions you can make is to ensure that the information you collect whilst birding is recorded and put to good use. Most of what we know about our birds, their behaviour and their movements is a result of information from ordinary birders. BirdLife South Africa would like to encourage teams and individuals to become "citizen scientists” and go birding with a purpose. Consider participating in the Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 (SABAP2) or MyBirdPatch during Birding Big Day.

How to enter participate
  • Download the Entry Form.  This will be available soon, so watch this space!
  • Choose your category, get out and go birding on Saturday 29 November 2014.
  • Bird checklists are available here
  • There is no entry fee. However, raise R250 or more in sponsorship for BirdLife South Africa's important bird conservation work and you will receive a Birding Big Day cloth badge and you will also qualify for the lucky draw.
  • For bank deposits or electronic transfers, please use the payment reference ‘BBD’ and your team name. The banking details can be found on the entry form. Please send deposit slip or proof of payment via fax 086 581 9999 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Send your completed entry form to BirdLife South Africa by 5 December 2014 via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , fax 086 581 9999 or post to PO Box 515, Randburg, 2125 for attention Nikki McCartney.

For more information, please contact Nikki McCartney, Events & Marketing Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 083 636 1060


Birding Big Day 2013 Results

The results can be downloaded below.  

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icon Open Category (237.61 kB)

 

icon Family Category (160.67 kB)

 

icon Community Category (201.89 kB)

 

icon Garden Category (159.46  kB)

The Handicap Category results are as follows:

1. Highland Harriers

66.6% - seen 114 species – 171 recorded during SABAP1

2. Karoo Korhaans

60.4% - seen 151 species - - 250 recorded during SABAP1