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22 JULY 2023

Plans for an exciting and jam-packed African Bird Fair 2023 are well under way. Join BirdLife South Africa for the biggest birding event in Africa and you’ll enjoy an epic line-up of speakers and exhibitors and the opportunity to connect with other birders in person or online around the world.

This year we will be hosting the annual African Bird Fair at the Country Club Johannesburg – Woodmead, which has a significant bushveld/grassland area, is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna and is a wonderful environment for bush and birding walks. This places the event close to both Sandton and Pretoria.

As the event will be taking place in midwinter, we have booked the aptly named conference suite, the Aviary, which comprises three venues: the Kingfisher, the Barbet and the Starling rooms, situated in the main clubhouse building. There you will find our sponsors and optics corner and can try the latest Swarovski, ZEISS and Canon equipment or get your binoculars or scopes cleaned. You can also attend inspiring talks, presentations, workshops and book signings, browse and shop for art, books and more, and participate in an online auction. Bird walks will also be part of the day’s activities, and they close with our renowned quiz, which is sure to test your birding knowledge amid a lot of fun.

As this is a pan-African event, our talks will be available across the continent and the rest of the world via Zoom to cater to birding enthusiasts further afield. Leading up to the event our team will host a line-up of Conservation Conversation talks the week before – not-to-be-missed topics of continental interest!

Running alongside this event will be our colouring-in competition, in partnership with Faansie Peacock, to encourage the next generation of budding bird conservationists (7–13-year-olds). They will be asked to interpret a piece of Faansie’s artwork and will stand a chance of winning a signed copy of the newly revised Faansie’s Bird Book.

All proceeds from The African Bird Fair, including ticket, auction and shop sales, contribute to our work to conserve South Africa’s birds and the fragile habitats they call home. Come and connect in person with like-minded people on a sunny winter’s day! Registration details will be announced soon.

Watch our social media platforms and our website for further information. We look forward to seeing you there!

With thanks to the following sponsors:

Headline Sponsor:

MSC Cruises South Africa

Platinum Sponsors:

Ford Wildlife Foundation