Welcome to BirdLife South Africa

208 Blue Crane24069a fronemanBirdLife South Africa is the country partner of BirdLife International

Vision

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

Mission

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 through 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.

Why should we conserve birds?

  • Birds are an important part of the world's biodiversity, providing important ecosystem services
  • 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.

BirdLife South Africa's aims are to:

  • Prevent the extinction of any bird species
  • Maintain and where possible improve the conservation status of all bird species
  • Conserve and where appropriate improve and enlarge sites and habitats that are important for birds
  • Help, through birds, to conserve biodiversity and to improve the quality of people's lives
  • Integrate bird conservation into sustaining people's livelihoods.

118 secretarybird1602 AFR9072a fronemanThere are many reasons why we should conserve birds, including:

  • 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.

Our strategy has four pillars which, taken together, is our approach to conservation

  1. Save Species
  2. Conserve Sites and Habitats
  3. Encourage Ecological Sustainability
  4. Enable Positive Change through People

Make a donation or Join BirdLife South Africa and help conserve South Africa's birds and their habitats.

003 african penguin1124 MKO3432m fronemanBirdLife South Africa Position Statements

BirdLife South Africa has developed a number of position statements regarding the organisation's viewpoints on a range of important bird conservation matters.

BirdLife South Africa Annual Reports

pdf Annual Report 2015 (1.92 MB)

pdf Annual Report 2014 (1.55 MB)

pdf Annual Report 2013 (1.74 MB)

pdf Annual report 2012 (1.44 MB)

pdf Annual report 2011 (2.71 MB)

BirdLife South Africa Audited Financial Statements

pdf Audited Financial Statements 2015 (7.16 MB)

BirdLife South Africa AGM

pdf AGM 2016 Minutes (604 KB)

BirdLife South Africa Media Releases

BirdLife South Africa issues regular media releases about the organisation's important bird conservation work.

BirdLife South Africa Weekly Updates

064 goliath heron 1221 MKO2796m fronemanThe weekly updates give members and interested parties up-to-date information about the bird conservation work the BirdLife South Africa team is involved in.

BirdLife South Africa Awards

Two annual awards, the Gill Memorial Medal Award and the Austin Roberts Memorial Medal Award, are presented at BirdLife South Africa's AGM or Flock, as it is known.

 

Useful Downloads

BirdLife South Africa Profile

BirdLife South Africa Constitution

pdf Birder's Code of Ethics (67 KB)

pdf Etiese Gedragskode vir voëlkykers (66 KB)

 

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