Grassland Best-practice

Bird-friendly burning and grazing best-practice for grasslands

Our Bird-friendly burning and grazing best-practice guidelines are intended to promote awareness and conservation of threatened grassland bird species, primarily in the agricultural (red meat production) sector. They are aimed at anyone working towards the parallel objectives of economically-viable livestock production, improved veld condition and biodiversity conservation in grasslands.

Farmers value and need extension support and advice, especially when it comes to managing for the dual purpose of sustainable farming and conserving nature. We believe BirdLife South Africa can make a meaningful contribution to the extension support “package” offered through the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme with the Bird-friendly burning and grazing best-practice, because birds are a component of biodiversity that farmers can easily relate to.


pdf Bird-friendly best-practice V1 (568 KB)


pdf Best Practice AFRIKAANS (3.02 MB)

pdf Best Practice ENGLISH (3.02 MB)

pdf Best Practice ZULU (3.00 MB)


For more information, please contact Daniel Marnewick, Manager: Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas and Regional Conservation Programme on +27 (0) 82 772 4432 or email