Ethical Birding Policy

Guidelines for

  • Always promote the welfare of birds and their environments.
  • Respect the law and the rights of others — ensure that you are legally permitted to enter any land that you do not own.
  • The welfare and conservation of birds and their habitats are paramount.
  • When watching and photographing birds, do so from a distance that does not disturb them.
  • Limit the use of play-back calls, and never use them in heavily birded areas.
  • Take special care during the birds’ breeding season and do not disturb breeding birds or their nests.
  • Birding in groups, whether organised or impromptu, requires special care to avoid disturbing birds.
  • Birds SA members must lead by example by practising ethical behaviour when birding individually or on field trips and campouts.