News South Africa

Wind power - key to protecting our climate but problematic for birds © Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH

Great news: BirdLife South Africa halts plans for...

Mon, 20/05/2019
BirdLife supports renewable energy – but not when it comes at the expense of wildlife. In recent years, plans to build a wind farm near an important site for migratory birds have caused much concern among conservationists. Now, opposing action has put it on ice.
The White-winged Flufftail is one of Africa's rarest birds © Sergey Dereliev

White-winged Flufftail's call recorded for...

Tue, 23/04/2019
With a population of 250, this secretive bird has always been hard to study, but advances in technology have helped us to discover more than ever. Last year, we found new breeding grounds - then its call was identified for the first time. Is this the final piece in the puzzle to protect this bird?
Fieldwork isn't always fun and games © Jono Handley

Fieldwork fails: 7 times birds made a fool of our...

Fri, 29/03/2019
Sometimes, to study and help birds, we need to get up close and personal. But it doesn’t always go as planned. We asked BirdLife staff for their most hilarious mishaps while working out in the field. Prepare to be shocked, amused and downright disgusted…
Candice Stevens © BirdLife South Africa

BirdLife South Africa’s Candice Stevens wins...

Fri, 23/11/2018
BirdLife South Africa’s Policy and Advocacy Programme Manager Candice Stevens, together with the government of South Africa (represented by the Department of Environmental Affairs), have won this year’s Pathfinder Special Commendation award for their joint innovative work on biodiversity tax incentives in South Africa.
Black-browed Albatross © Stephanie Winnard

7 amazing things the Albatross Task Force has...

Thu, 13/09/2018
For more than a decade, the Albatross Task Force has been striving to make fishing industries seabird-safe. Working with communities, governments and on board boats, it has become one of BirdLife’s most successful programmes. Here’s what it has achieved in the past year alone.

A recipe for a more sustainable world

Mon, 06/08/2018
Farming doesn’t have to be in conflict with nature. Around the world, we’re working with projects that prove it’s possible to grow food in a way that benefits both wildlife and livelihoods. Here's a tasty selection for starters...
Celebrating the discovery at Middlepunt Wetland, South Africa © Niall Perrins

Rewrite the bird books: new breeding site found...

Sat, 17/02/2018
The White-winged Flufftail (Critically Endangered) has just been confirmed to be breeding in South Africa – not only Ethiopia as previously thought – thanks to a discovery by BirdLife South Africa’s hidden camera traps. This sheds new light on the bird’s conservation.
L’équipe était abasourdie © Niall Perrins

Une nouvelle aire de reproduction a été...

Sat, 17/02/2018
Grâce à une découverte au moyen des pièges photographiques de BirdLife Afrique du sud, il a juste été confirmé que le Râle à miroir (gravement menacé d’extinction) se reproduit en Afrique du sud et pas seulement en Éthiopie comme on le croyait auparavant.
Felicity Strange receives he Nature's Heroes Award from BirdLife South Africa

Nature’s Hero award for work to save Verlorenvlei...

Thu, 04/01/2018
Felicity Strange—nominated by BirdLife South Africa as a Nature's Hero for 2017—has worked to conserve the Verlorenvlei Estuary IBA for over ten years.
Food shortages are sending the female Antipodean Albatross (Left) on longer, and more perilous, foraging trips © Kath Walker

Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross...

Fri, 22/12/2017
Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines.
This year, Spring Alive brought out their first children's story book © Spring Alive

Thinking outside the box: engaging tomorrow'...

Thu, 21/12/2017
Throughout 2017, conservationists have been visiting schools and communities across Eurasia and Africa as part of BirdLife's Spring Alive project. At the end of the year, Spring Alive reflects on some of the most exciting ways of inspiring both children and adults about migratory birds and nature.
Cape Gannet populations have fallen by more than half in the past 50 years © Mark Anderson

The ultimate irony: Cape Gannets, famed for their...

Tue, 12/12/2017
The word “gannet” is synonymous with gluttony - but lack of food is becoming a serious problem for the Cape Gannet. This year it has been uplisted from Vulnerable to Endangered due to population declines driven by depleted fish stocks.
New Zealand's Bird of the Year, the Kea, has been uplisted to Endangered © Mark Hurrell

Red List 2017: seabirds starving, songbirds...

Tue, 12/12/2017
PRESS RELEASE: overfishing and climate change are pushing seabirds such as Black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet closer to extinction, according to the latest update on the conservation status of the world’s birds by BirdLife International for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
The Energy Task Force is working hard to minimise the impact of installations like this wind turbine in Lorraine, France © Ppictures/Shutterstock

Bird-friendly renewable energy: introducing the...

Fri, 13/10/2017
New techniques and an international Task Force are helping to make renewable energy projects more bird-friendly than ever before
Part of the naturally zoned area under strict control © Romy Antrobus-Ruth

New Protected Environment Declared in South Africa

Wed, 19/07/2017
Legislation in South Africa makes provision for different categories of formal environmental protection. Nature Reserves and National Parks are the top category and activities in these parks are strictly controlled by legislation.
El único pingüino nativo de África © Shutterstock

Atando cabos para salvar al pingüino africano

Thu, 13/04/2017
El pingüino de El Cabo se está extinguiendo por la falta de alimento a nivel local. Los conservacionistas intentan ahora reconectar a los pingüinos con el pescado.
Manchots du Cap © Shutterstock

Le Manchot du Cap, en voie de disparition

Thu, 13/04/2017
La seule espèce indigène de manchot d'Afrique est en train de s'éteindre en raison de la pénurie alimentaire locale.
Surveying fiscal benefits pilot sites © Candice Stevens

South Africa gets first biodiversity tax...

Tue, 11/04/2017
BirdLife South Africa’s Fiscal Benefits Project is proud to announce that the very first biodiversity tax incentive has been placed in a landowner’s tax return.