The Virtual African Bird Fair is back on 31 July 2021 for its second edition!

Make sure not to miss the biggest event in African birding. This virtual event includes a star-studded line-up of speakers, opportunities to interact with exhibitors and online stores, networking with other birders on the continent and around the world, and even an online auction.

The proceeds from this event are put straight back into supporting BirdLife South Africa’s important conservation work.

See what some of our attendees had to say about the inaugural event:

– “It was the most brilliant, entertaining, engaging thing I have seen in ages!” Mandy Speechly
– “I must commend our BirdLife South Africa on such a professional and impressive bird fair” Tanya Kieswetter
– “It was a great show and my compliments to you and the rest of the BirdLife South Africa team for making it happen.” Dr Barend van Gemerden, BirdLife International
– “Well done on a super virtual Bird Fair! I was amazed at the quality of presentations and format – truly amazing for a first attempt” Henk Nel, Birdlasser
– “Wow, we had a wonderful day at the Bird Fair! What an exciting and stimulating event ….we feel rejuvenated!” Noreen & Roger Broomhall
– “I want to congratulate BirdLife South Africa on putting on such a great Bird Fair event; it was very enjoyable and professionally run.” Ian Barber, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
– “Thank you so much for the amazing virtual Bird Fair; I loved every minute of it! Not living up north, it was great for in the “far south” to be able to attend. It was excellently organised and I hope it will be repeated in future.” Carin Malan
– “The Bird Fair was a triumph for BirdLife South Africa and for technology, enabling it to reach so many people.” David & Ann Alston
– “A huge pat on the back for putting together the Virtual Bird Fair. I hope it was a success for you – it deserved to be and has, I am sure, given BirdLife South Africa an even greater national and international footprint than before.” Nigel Stainforth, former BirdLife South Africa Board member and Treasurer
– “Please find attached a note of my thanks for such a brilliant ‘day out’ on Saturday. I have an enormous amount still to watch and catch up on, quite apart from many pages of scribbled notes to work out and through, though sitting for so many hours absorbed by the fascinating subjects offered to us all did leave me a little ‘numb’…, so I must head for the open fields and a little leg stretch before resuming my reading! Thank you and all those involved for such a fascinating day.” Mark Winsloe
– “To the team at BirdLife South Africa, the presenters, the speakers, you have made an amazing day”. Thank you all so much. We are looking forward to the next Virtual Bird Fair.” Sybil Regan
– “What a magnificent production, and congratulations to all involved. You have been very challenged with technology, but you have overcome. Well done team BirdLife South Africa” Robert Smith
– “Congratulations to your exceptional team for pulling off such a resounding success.” Peter Harrison MBE, author of Seabirds: An Identification Guide
– “We would like to congratulate the team at BirdLife South Africa for a wonderful, amazing, excellent event on Saturday; it was truly outstanding. We were glued most of the day. We were so impressed with the presentations, the list of exhibitors. Everything went so well.” Gillian Stewart
– “Congratulations to the team for pulling off the first ever virtual African Bird Fair so successfully – and with so much of style! It was a truly fabulous event.” Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, Honorary President, BirdLife South Africa
– “Well done, well done, well done. The Virtual Bird Fair was a joyful, insightful and edutaining event. From the amazing line-up at the opening ceremony and the focus on the bird guides, I could not leave my seat. I was riveted by the content and found it hard to choose between the great speakers. Not enough time to spend on the silent auction though.” Linda Hart, Chairperson of Rand Barbet Bird Club and Board Member of BirdLife South Africa
– “Many congratulations on the Virtual Bird Fair, it was a great idea and well executed. I thought the early morning game drives were brilliant, and the sessions I attended were all excellent.” Nick Prentice, former Treasurer of BirdLife International
– “Congratulations to you and all your staff on an absolutely excellent Bird Fair. I was logged on all day apart from our two hours load-shedding in the morning. Peter Harrison was amazing as usual. I saw him on both Flocks and today was just as good. He had me in tears again.” Pat Nurse, Chairperson of Lakes Bird Club
– “What an absolutely fabulous day. If there were any glitches they didn’t happen while I was on-line. It was super-slick. I do think that this lockdown experience may have propelled us into a whole new way of doing many things. Peter Harrison’s presentation reduced me to tears, again.” Yvonne Pennington, BirdLife South Africa Board Member
– “The African Bird Fair has truly come of age with this, South Africa, Africa and the world. I am in awe of what the team pulled off. Brilliant!” Mel Tripp, BirdLife South Africa’s Senior Marketing Advisor

For details on how to register, please see BirdLife South Africa’s website and social media, or email