News South Africa

First release of African Penguins at De Hoop...

Tue, 15/06/2021
The release of 30 juvenile African Penguins into the wild this week represents a big step forward to re-establish a penguin colony on the south coast of South Africa. BirdLife South Africa, CapeNature and SANCCOB have partnered together in this ambitious attempt to help this Endangered species.
African Penguin © David Dibert

Artificial colonies provide hope for penguins in...

Sun, 25/04/2021
With numbers plummeting and food hard to find, African Penguins face a bleak future – but BirdLife South Africa has a plan to ensure they thrive again.
© Nature Mauritanie

6 ways we’ve kept the Spring Alive spirit strong...

Tue, 22/12/2020
2020 has been a year like no other. Spring Alive, our children’s education programme, had to make a lot of changes – but thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of our Partners, teachers and volunteers, we’ve still succeeded in inspiring and educating young minds. Here, we showcase just a few examples.
The Secretarybird is now Endangered © Johan Swanepoel / Shutterstock

Red List 2020: why are iconic African savannah...

Mon, 21/12/2020
Some wildlife encounters are unforgettable. But this year’s Red List update brings news that three captivating African raptor species are declining alarmingly fast due to multiple threats. Urgent action is needed to ensure these icons of the savannah don’t only exist as memories.
Egyptian Vulture © Ivostyle / Shutterstock

5 ways we've helped vultures in the past 5...

Tue, 03/11/2020
When our first campaign to save African vultures started in 2015, global awareness and political recognition of these majestic raptors were in their infancy. Discover just a few examples of the fantastic achievements that BirdLife supporters helped to kick-start, and find out how you can help us step up our action to the next level.

Press release: Over 100 000 citizens demand the...

Mon, 28/09/2020
Citizens from around the world are demanding that the right to a clean, healthy environment is made a Universal Human Rights. Over 100 000 people have signed the petition.
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.