Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2

South Africa, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi

a member of the African Bird Atlas Project

Coverage summary: Free State - KZN Escarpment Subproject

The escarpment area targeted by this SABAP2 subproject encompasses 89 pentads that stretch over the high-altitude grasslands and wetlands of the Free State, across the escarpment forests and into the diverse mid-altitude grassland/savanna habitats in western KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 379 species have been recorded in this area since SABAP2 began in 2007. This subproject was registered at SABAP2 in 2019. The aim of having a specially dedicated subproject is to obtain species coverage and distribution data for several threatened and endemic species, such as Yellow-breasted Pipit, Rudd’s and Botha’s larks, all three cranes, Denham’s Bustard, Southern Bald Ibis and White-bellied and Blue korhaans. Therefore the first priority is to get four or more full protocol cards for each pentad within the project area. The second objective is to submit at least one atlas card for all pentads no less than once a year. Doing so will enable us to detect changes in species distribution over time.

The subrpoject is divided roughly into three sections, based on the locality of each of the three coordinators. The southern section, around Harrismith, Van Reenen and the Ingula Nature Reserve, is coordinated by Carina Coetzer, the Ingula Project manager. The north-western section, around Memel, Verkykerskop and the Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve, is coordinated by Morné Pretorius, the manager of the Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve. And Rina Pretorius from BirdLife Northern Natal coordinates the section around Newcastle and the Chelmsford Nature Reserve.


Adhoc protocol
Additional information
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Colour scheme: Show Adhocs

The Coverage map shows the project coverage on a pentad scale. To view a more detailed summary of an area, open the relevant areas coverage map from the top menu.

To view the pentad information, click on the pentad, to open a pentad summary, double click.

A 5 minute x 5 minute coordinate grid super-imposed over the continent for spatial reference.

Available downloads for this section

Download species summary (CSV FORMAT)

Download species monthly summary (CSV FORMAT) NOTE: This download contains Reporting Rate per month data from Full Protocol submissions only

Download species monthly summary per pentad (CSV FORMAT) NOTE: This download contains Reporting Rate per month data from Full Protocol submissions only

Download Full and Adhoc protocol card headers (CSV FORMAT)

Download the KML layer for Google Earth

This data can be uploaded/linked directly into any GIS software which supports geoJSON protocols, such as QGIS. More information on geoJSON can be found at

Add a geoJSON Vector layer to you project, pointing to the following link:

Please note that geoJSON files are mostly used by users of GIS software who want to do further analyses. For most users the coverage maps on the website will be sufficient, for example you can zoom in to see the specific pentad information. However, if you want to analyse the data in more detail follow these steps. First install a GIS programme such as QGIS (it is free). You will then have to download the species's geoJSON file under the species maps in the Downloads tab (for example for this maps data). The following short tutorial will then explain to you how to load the map into QGIS using the URL of the geoJSON page - Click here


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