The mission of BirdLife South Africa is to promote the enjoyment, conservation, study and understanding of wild birds and their habitats.
BirdLife South Africa is a registered non-profit and public benefit environmental organization with over 6 000 members in 32 bird clubs throughout South Africa. BirdLife South Africa produces its own birds and bird-watching magazine, African Birdlife.
BirdLife South Africa is honoured to have three distinguished South Africans, Mrs Gaynor Rupert, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe and Mr Mark Shuttleworth, as its Honorary Patrons.
As the country’s only dedicated bird conservation NGO, it is important for BirdLife South Africa to keep in touch with the public and inform them about important bird conservation matters. BirdLife South Africa therefore distributes a free, monthly electronic newsletter to its members and other interested people. The newsletter contains interesting articles and superb photos about birds, BirdLife South Africa’s work, and other relevant information. Find out more about this attractive and informative e-newsletter.
Conservation is the primary reason for BirdLife South Africa's
existence. While we engage in, promote and support other activities, such as birding tourism, community-based conservation and education work, everything is geared towards achieving bird conservation goals. BirdLife South Africa believes that by conserving birds, we can conserve the broader environment. Birds are amongst
the most visible, and mobile, animals in our natural environments. A healthy environment will have a full complement of native birds, and for this reason birds are widely recognised as exceptionally good indicators of ecosystem health.
BirdLife South Africa makes a real difference to birds and their habitats, but our work costs money. We rely on the support and generosity of people and organisations to fund our vital work for conservation: we are grateful for any and all contributions.
Download bird call ringtones to your phone and support BirdLife South Africa. A percentage of sales from SA Birding is donated to BirdLife South Africa.
African Birdlife is a bi-monthly magazine and includes well-written articles and
stunning photographs of our continent’s birds.
It is an important mouthpiece for BirdLife South Africa to create awareness about bird research and conservation work.
Birds are excellent flagship species and valuable indicators of the environment as places that are rich in bird species are often abundant in other forms of biodiversity. The presence of birds indicates a healthy environment and thriving ecosystem. BirdLife South Africa conserves our country’s birds. By focusing on birds, the sites and the habitats on which they depend, BirdLife South Africa hopes to improve the quality of life for birds, for other wildlife and ultimately for people. Each year a Bird of the Year is chosen by BirdLife South Africa. Bird of the Year is one of BirdLife South Africa’s annual initiatives for creating awareness about birds and bird habitat conservation. Educating people is one of the key components of BirdLife South Africa’s conservation work. The aim of the project is to choose a bird species and focus education and other activities on it during the coming year and improve public awareness about the species and the need to protect the species (and related species) and its habitat.
The Bird of the Year initiative for 2015 is proudly sponsored by Bidvest Waltons.
The Pied Kingfisher is very common throughout southern Africa - and it is one of the three most numerous kingfishers in the world. You can find it at most water bodies that support fish, but this bird with its striking black and white plumage also feeds on crabs, prawns and insects.
If you can spot a Pied Kingfisher, take a photograph of it and enter the N3TC Photo Competition and stand the chance to win some cool prizes
Marion Island is the jewel in South Africa’s island crown – it is huge and beautiful, hosts an astonishing array of endemic species and charismatic marine megafauna, and is pristine. Or nearly pristine…
After cats were eradicated from Marion Island in the early 1990s, mice were left as the only introduced mammal there. At the time, no thought was given to tackling mice, even though their impacts on invertebrates such as the flightless moths and weevils, plant communities, nutrient cycles, etc., were gigantic. Little did we know that mice could become such a significant threat to seabirds. Work done at Gough Island demonstrated that mice can wreak devastation on seabird colonies, and there is now good evidence that mouse impacts at Marion Island are increasing.