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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).

BirdLife South Africa’ coastal seabird division need YOUR help to secure the future of South Africa’s seabirds.

It is very pleasing to report that, while the Covid-19 storm is not yet behind us, BirdLife South Africa managed to weather it during 2020 and it is satisfying to see that our conservation successes continue. Our competent and hardworking staff deserve much praise for their achievements over the past 12 months.

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.

State of South Africa’s Birds Report

BirdLife South Africa has recently published the first State of South Africa’s Birds Report, the first of its kind for the region…

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…

Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC15)

The Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC) is held once every four years and it brings together hundreds of professional and dedicated amateur ornithologists.

2021 Bird of the Year Fluffies

Order our 2021 Bird of the Year (Cape Rockjumper) plush for R160.00 (excluding postage/delivery). Please email Shireen at for more information.


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.

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…

We would like to thank the following sponsors and supporters for their continued support