The biggest event in African birding took place on 30 and 31 July 2021.

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This virtual event included a star-studded line-up of speakers, including Chris Packham CBE, David Lindo (The Urban Birder) and Dr Hazell Thompson.

Participants had the opportunity to interact with exhibitors and online stores and to network with other birders on the continent and around the world.

BirdLife South Africa used an amazing platform that allowed a range of people to present both pre-recorded and live talks. There were discussions, interviews, demonstrations, a quiz, and a wide variety of exhibitors.

Best of all, the event was truly African because of its virtual nature.

The event took place from late Friday afternoon with an opening ceremony and a comedic look at what makes birders tick, followed by a jam packed Saturday, with parallel sessions and workshops to choose from.  As always, our commitment is to the birds, with all proceeds from this event going straight back into supporting BirdLife South Africa’s important and renowned conservation work.

The Programme

Our amazing virtual platform allowed a range of people to present both pre-recorded and live talks. There were discussions, interviews, demonstrations and even some fun with online gaming!

Our Keynote Speakers Were


Chris Packham CBE

Our keynote speakers were Christopher Gary Packham CBE and David Lindo. Chris is an English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author, best known for his television work including the CBBC children’s nature series The Really Wild Show from 1986 to 1995.





David Lindo

David Lindo is a British birder, broadcaster, tour leader, and author. Also known as the Urban Birder, he has travelled the world for the last 15 years ‘imploring urbanites to connect to urban nature through birds’. David is a regular contributor to Bird Watching magazine and has written a number of books, including The Urban Birder, published in 2011 and How to be an Urban Birder, published in 2014. He recently launched an online webinar series called In Conservation With in which he invites conservationists to talk about their projects and interactions with birds

Cost: Keynote lectures are R100 per person per lecture


Our Workshops

  • Basics of Birding with Lance Robinson
  • Raptors with Niel Cillié and Prof. Johann Knobel
  • Bird Photography Masterclass with Albert Froneman

Cost: R100 per workshop, or buy a workshop bundle pass that will give you access to all three workshops for R250.

Our Platinum Sponsors

None of this is made possible without the very generous contributions from our sponsors.  We welcome on board ZEISS, MSC Cruises, Italtile, The Automobile Association (AA) and The Ford Wildlife Foundation.