Birding Big Day

Birding Big Day 2015

BirdLife South Africa's 31st Birding Big Day took place on Saturday 28 November 2015.

One of the goals of Birding Big Day 2015 was to collectively tally as many of South Africa's 846 bird species in a single day, In the end, a total of 621 bird species were recorded.

Another goal of Birding Big Day was to raise money for bird conservation.  Over R60 000 was raised in donations and sponsorships from over 120 teams and individuals who took part in the 2015 event.

Birding Big Day 2015 also created awareness for the importance of citizen science, with the help of BirdLasser.

About BirdLasser

BirdLasser is fun for birders and good for birds. An easy to use app for both beginner birders and twitchers, BirdLasser enables you to record your sightings and share with bird conservation causes.

To download the BirdLasser app or more information about the app, please visit The app is free and easy to install!

The categories were:

Open category

  • The maximum area that can be visited is an area within a radius of 50 km
  • Record all the bird species seen or heard during a 24-hour period from midnight on Friday 27 November to midnight on Saturday 28 November 2015.
  • Teams can consist of a maximum of four members.
  • Only free-flying birds may be recorded (no caged birds).
  • The majority of the team members have to agree on a call or sighting.
  • People can participate in the BirdLasser initiative by allowing their data and progress to be published in the BirdLasser website.

Handicap category

  • The Handicap category is based on the number of birds recorded in the 50 km radius relative to the number of birds which were recorded there during SABAP1 and/or SABAP2.
  • It is therefore important for participants to send the quarter degree squares to BirdLife South Africa by 16h00 on Friday 30 October 2015, so that the number of birds recorded in that area during SABAP1 and SABAP2 can be determined.
  • The team with the highest percentage of birds seen will be the winners (for example 50 birds seen out of a possible 100 = 50%).

Bird your ‘Hood category

  • This category 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. This category is for the budding beginner or backyard birder.
  • Teams or individuals must record all the bird species seen or heard in their garden on 28 November 2015.
  • Individuals may enter and teams can consist of a minimum of two members.
  • You may count all birds seen or heard in your garden, including those flying overhead.
  • It is recommended that teams or individuals spend a minimum of one uninterrupted hour of observation in their garden.
Birding Big Day 2015 results

The provisional results are in. 

pdf Open Category (222 KB)

pdf Bird your 'Hood Category (186 KB)

pdf Handicap Category (173 KB)

Birding Big Day 2016

Diarise the date for Birding Big Day 2016 - Saturday 26 November 2016

For more information, please contact BirdLife South Africa on 011 789 1122