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Stewardship in Community

Birding Communities

​Explore birds with the local birding community. They have expertise to share about local birds and birding spots. Local conservancies and nature reserves often offer bird and nature walks. Local bird guides are expert birders who are invaluable members of the birding community.

African Bird Club has an email discussion group here, produces publication twice a year here, plus all Africa quizzes here.

Simply Birding Forum hosts a wide variety of topics organised in sub-topics.

BirdLife South Africa is the largest birding organisation in South Africa.


There many local bird clubs in 8 of the 9 provinces which are affiliated with the national organisation. Check here for the one closest to you.

They produce checklists and organise events. They publish a range of scientific and member-focused publications, reports, newsletters, and magazines. They are active in policy and advocacy, and conservation.


Their online resources on conservation include:

A printable poster on South Africa’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas.

Province specific brochures on Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)


BirdLife South Africa also has resources on sustainable birding tourism for South Africa,

Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia:

BirdLife South Africa work through community projects with young birders, and encourage donations of surplus field guides and binoculars for birders in rural areas or who have limited resources.

They have guidelines on:

Fences and Birds Brochure

Bird-friendly burning & grazing best-practice for grasslands English, Afrikaans & Zulu


Bird-friendly: Habitat management guidelines for the endemic birds of the Fynbos Biome in support of the eight Fynbos endemic bird species.

Floating Wetlands to promote waterbirds' habitat rehabilitation and watercourse conservation and management for farm dams and other agricultural water sources. 

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.


Position Statements on

Birding and birdwatching

Feeding of Birds

Bird Ringing


Tracking of Birds

Flushing of Wetland Birds

Bird Health 

Avian Influenza

Management of Feral Cats and Domestic Cats

Birds and Human Activities


Raptors and Climbing

Birds, Habitats and Environment

Pied Crows

Invasive Species


Habitat Clearance

Island Restoration

Mining in IBAs

Effect of Wind Energy and Birds

Concentrated Solar Power and Birds

Birds and Hunting

Gamebird Hunting

Lead Ammunition

BirdLife South Africa also has a Birding Code of Ethics


"We encourage you as birders to take responsibility for your actions when visiting birding sites and act in a manner that will have a positive impact upon the communities and environments that you visit.


Support local community and conservation initiatives,

pay fair prices and

leave only your footprints behind."


Click here to download the Birders Code of Conduct (pdf)"

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