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Welcome to BirdLife South Africa

BirdLife South Africa is the country partner of BirdLife International.


BirdLife South Africa wishes to see a country and region where nature and people live in greater harmony, more equitably and sustainably.


BirdLife South Africa strives to conserve birds, their habitats and biodiversity through scientifically-based programmes, through supporting the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources and by encouraging people to enjoy and value nature.

Donating to BirdLife South Africa

Donations to BirdLife South Africa may contribute to your B-BBEE scorecard as we are fully SED compliant in terms of the B-BBEE Act. We are also a registered Public Benefit Organisation (No. 930004518) and authorised to issue 18A tax certificates where applicable.

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BirdLife South Africa is a registered non-profit, public benefit organization and the only dedicated bird-conservation organisation in South Africa.

BirdLife South Africa has more than 5 000 members in more than 40 bird clubs throughout South Africa.

BirdLife South Africa produces its own bird and birdwatching magazine, African Birdlife.

BirdLife South Africa is honoured to have four distinguished people, all of whom are passionate about the conservation of South Africa’s natural environment and its birds, as its Honorary Patrons. They are: Mrs Gaynor Rupert, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Mrs Pamela Isdell and Mr Mark Shuttleworth, as its Honorary Patrons.

Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is BirdLife South Africa’s Honorary President.



Dear Members

The Chairman of the Board of BirdLife South Africa calls on the Organisation’s members and its affiliated bird clubs to nominate a suitably qualified person to serve as a Members’ Director on its Board of Directors. This is a pro bono position, and the member should have sufficient time available to devote to the role.

According to the stipulations of the BirdLife South Africa Constitution, BirdLife South Africa’s Nominations Committee will consider candidates who have been paid-up members of the organisation for at least two years.

The Members’ Director position on the Board of BirdLife South Africa became vacant after Yvonne Pennington, who was elected a Members’ Director during the 93rd BirdLife South Africa AGM on 28 May 2022, was elected as the Chairperson of the Board during the 94th AGM on 27 May 2023.

For further information, please see the advertisement and Nomination Form by clicking on the buttons below.


Mark D. Anderson

Chief Executive Officer

BirdLife South Africa’s aims are to:

  1. Save Species (prevent extinctions and maintain or improve the conservation status of bird species)
  2. Conserve Sites and Habitats (conserve, improve and enlarge sites and habitats that are important for bird species and other biodiversity)
  3. Encourage Ecological Sustainability (through birds, conserve biodiversity and improve the quality of people’s lives)
  4. Enable Positive Change through People (integrate bird conservation into sustaining people’s livelihoods)

Why should we conserve birds?

  • Birds are an important component part of the world’s biodiversity, providing important ecosystem services
  • The bird watching industry is a growing economic force.
  • Societies value birds for economic, cultural, ethical and spiritual reasons. In parts of Africa a special relationship exists between birds and local cultures. Birds have inspired artists, and bird images are frequently used to adorn everyday objects like coins, bank notes and postage stamps. Birds are increasingly becoming key elements in revenue generating eco-tourism.
  • Birds are indicators of the state of the environment. In general, places that are rich in bird species are also rich in other forms of biodiversity. Their presence indicates a healthy environment.