South Africa - BirdLife South Africa (BLSA)

BirdLife Partner

Founded in 1930
2000 members
Staff: 29
Gauteng, Gauteng, ZA, 2121
Tel. +27 (0) 11 789 1122 ; Fax. +27 (0) 11 789 5188

address: Private Bag, X5000, Gauteng, ZA, 2121

Mission of the organisation

To promote the enjoyment, conservation, understanding and study of birds and their habitats.

Key Activities

  • Recreational birding through 32 bird clubs
  • Important Bird Areas Programme
  • Threatened species conservation
  • Preventing Extinctions Programme – Species Guardians and Species Champions
  • Environmental Education Programme in southern Mpumalanga
  • Global Seabird Programme/Albatross Task Force
  • Bird Guide Development Programme
  • Wakkerstroom Centre
  • Publication of a scientific journal, Ostrich, and BLSA's bi-monthly magazine African Birdlife.
  • Promoting activities: Birding Big Day and Bird of the Year
  • Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 (SABAP2)
  • Compilation of an annual Bird Checklist for South Africa

Recent Achievements

  •  Established an IBA Programme as a participating member in an African NGO-government partnership for sustainable biodiversity action
  • Set up a programme for the creation of environmental educational material for the new South African school syllabi
  • Hosted a successful Sasol Bird Fair in Johannesburg
  • Events: Bird of the Year, Birding Big Day, Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival
  • Species conservation projects for threatened species in the threatened grassland biome (including White-bellied Korhaan and Southern Bald Ibis)
  • Habitat Management Plans for threatened and endemic grassland species e.g. Adaptive Management Plan for High Altitude Grasslands: Ingula as a case study
  • Revision of The Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland
  • Avian Sensitivity Map for wind farms and development of standardized guidelines for best monitoring practices at wind farms according to international best practice
  • Development of position statements including: potential impacts of  both wind and solar farms on birds; invasive birds; feeding of birds: bird ringing; lead poisoning of birds, ethics for birders when birding; impact of an increased abundance of Pied Crows on South African biodiversity; management of domestic and feral cats; and the effect of solar power facilities on birds.
  • Involved with EIAs especially with regard to mining applications
  • Supporting implementation of multilateral agreements in South Africa
  • Participation in Environmental Management Frameworks
  • Checklist published for South African species in English (annual update) and Afrikaans
  • Albatross Task Force (ATF) – significant reductions in seabird mortalities in fisheries where AFT works
  • Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs)
  • Marine Important Bird Areas – establishment of national and regional marine IBA projects
  • Secured Species Champions for African Penguin, Secretarybird, Southern Bald Ibis, Taita Falcon and White-winged Flufftail.


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