The revised Important Bird and Biodiveristy Areas Directory (published 2015) can be downloaded in PDF format by selecting the link below:
Alternative area-based conservation mechanisms in South Africa
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.
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.
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.
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.
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Shapefiles
The GIS shapefile can be downloaded at the link below (right click and select “Save link as…”:
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…”):