Documents and Downloads

On this page you will find some important and valuable documents about the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Programme. Please feel free to download and share. 

Fences and Birds. Minimising unintended impacts.

This brochure explains the impact of fences on birds and how these impacts can be minimised. Click on image below to download.

Fence Front Page

 

A Guide to Bird Watching in and Around Memel

This document descibes seven birding routes around Memel. A detailed map and markers are also included. Click on image below to download. 

The document can be printed and then ring bind. 

 Front Page Memel

Enhancing Biodiversity Stewardship in South Africa

Dale Wright, IBA Conservation Implementation Manager, has recently completed a detailed review of the various challenges facing the biodiversity stewardship sector, and the opportunities which exist to overcome these challenges and enhance the sector. Biodiversity stewardship is a novel tool which assists private landowners to gain formal protection status and conservation support for their properties. With much of the remaining habitat critical for birds and other biodiversity occurring on private land, this has become an essential tool for the IBA Programme. However, as with any conservation programme it is essential to regularly step back and take stock of the situation.

Enhancing Biodiversity Stewardship in South Africa (PDF)

EBS

 

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Directory - Printed Version

The printed version of the directory can be ordered by completing the form at this link (right click on link and select "Save Link As")

and then email the form to daniel.marnewick@birdlife.org.za:

IBA Sales advert

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Directory - Electronic Version

The revised Important Bird and Biodiveristy Areas Directory (published 2015) can be downloaded in PDF format by selecting the link below: 

  Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Directory 2015 (9mb)    

            Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Status Report 2015  (2mb)     

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Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Poster

A poster about the Important Bird and Biodiveristy Areas in South Africa can be downloaded by selecting the link below:

IBA Poster in PDF format (14mb)

IBA Poster 2016 webr

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Brochures

The brochures below contain information about Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. Please download and distribute to land owners, government agencies or anyone else who might benefit. 

 

 

Eastern Cape

Free State

Gauteng-North-West

KwaZulu-Natal

Limpopo

Mpumalanga

Northern Cape

Western Cape

                                        

Brochure Snip 

 

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Shapefiles

 The GIS shapefile can be downloaded at the link below (right click and select "Save link as...":

IBA Shapefile September 2015

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Google Earth KML File

The KML file can be downloaded at the link below (right click and select "Save link as..."):

IBA KML File September 2015

Bird-friendly: Habitat management guidelines for the endemic birds of the Fynbos Biome

These practical guidelines have been developed to promote habitat management interventions which will support the eight Fynbos endemic bird species. They will be of interest to private landowners and various conservation organisations across the Fynbos Biome.

Bird-friendly: Habitat management guidelines for the endemic birds of the Fynbos Biome

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Floating Wetlands

These practical guidelines have been developed to promote waterbird habitat rehabilitation and watercourse conservation and management for farm dams and other agricultural water sources. They also provide a detailed “How to” guide for landowners wanting to build small artificial “floating wetlands” of their own. Although developed in the Western Cape, they will be of interest to private landowners and various conservation organisations across South Africa. We thank the Table Mountain Fund for funding this project.

Floating Wetlands: Increasing Biodiversity and Cleaning Water

Floating Wetland

 

Guide to access avian data for EIA Reports

BirdLife South Africa registers, on a regular basis, as an Interested and Affected Party for developments that might affect areas which are important for birds. Although some Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports contain sufficient information, most EIA reports do not provide an accurate reflection of the avifauna that occurs in the proposed area of development. 

There are numerous avian data sources available in South Africa that can be used by EIA specialists. These data sources are also available to the general public. However, not all EIA practitioners might be aware how to access these data sources. As it is of extreme importance to BirdLife South Africa that these data sources be used to their fullest, a short guideline document has been drawn up and can be downloaded below.

Guide to access avian data for EIA Reports

IBA Newsletter

 

pdf IBA Winter 2014 (581 KB)

pdf IBA Winter 2013 (1.01 MB)

pdf IBA Spring 2013 (1.14 MB)

pdf IBA Spring 2012 (950 KB)

pdf IBA January 2012 (765 KB)

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