BirdLife South Africa's 33nd Birding Big Day (BBD) will take place on Saturday 25 November 2017. During Birding Big Day 2016 more than a thousand birders recorded 654 species, a record, and also raised some valuable funds for bird conservation. During the 2017 event we hope to break this record and have even more birders out enjoying nature.
Below is the information one needs to participate. Please read the instructions carefully.
Participants can participate in one of two categories:
The rules for the Open Category are:
The rules for this category are:
Fund Raising Competition
Although Birding Big Day is all about birds, it is also about raising funds for bird conservation. Funds raised will be shared between BirdLasser, and the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas and Terrestrial Bird Conservation Programmes.
For the first time we have added a Fund Raising Competition with the following rules:
Here are a number of forms which might be of value:
If your team will be using the BirdLasser mobile app to record your sightings on the day, please supply us with the following information. This will ensure that your day’s sightings get displayed on the BirdLasser Birding Big Day event page (https://www.birdlasser.com/events/bbd2017) in real-time and you don’t have to manually submit your sightings data after the event:
During the day, the challenge page will automatically update as teams record their sightings, thus adding to the excitement of the day. Progress will be reported in social and other media. For more information about BirdLasser, visit www.birdlasser.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for Birding Big Day
You need to register for Birding Big Day before the event by completing the online form. There is no entry fee, but a minimum donation of R300 is required to qualify for a BirdLife South Africa Birding Big Day 2017 cloth badge. Please note that only 4 cloth badges will be produced per team of four members. For teams with more than four members an additional R45 will be added per team member.
To register please click here:
If BirdLasser was used, each team needs to verify its species list on their phone and the website within 48 hours of the event. The species list at 24:00 27 November will be considered as final. To resolve any issues please email email@example.com
Lucky draw prizes will be announced at a later date.
Payment for badges and funds raised should be send to BirdLife South Africa after the event; thus enabling your team to raise funds during the event. See banking details below. Please use the payment reference ‘BBD’ followed by your team name and send deposit slip or proof of payment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org This is important to ensure you are put on the list to receive your badges, incorrectly referenced payments might not be allocated to your team.
Latest date for payments for BBD badges is 15 December 2017.
Bank account details
Account Name: BirdLife South Africa
Bank: First National Bank
Branch code: 254005
Account number: 62067506281
If anything is unclear or you need more information, please contact email@example.com