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: Turn GP 4Degrees Green Subproject

This subproject was set up a number of years ago to monitor the fastest urbanization zone in South Africa and, therefore potentially the most impactful on the birdlife. There are 576 pentads to be covered, 144 for each of the 4 degrees

The Turn GP 4Degrees Green subproject is very much a joint effort. Werner Van Goethem provides regular social media updates and the Wits Bird Club Atlassing Committee (which includes two of their satellite clubs; West Rand Bird Club and East Rand Bird Club) actively organises outings to target virgin pentads within the Gauteng 4 Degree Square, on an annual basis. There are also individuals that will tackle areas with previously little coverage. Shaun McGillewie from Rustenburg Bird Club is also involved. Please contact the SABAP2 team ( if you wish to get in touch with any of these organisers.


Adhoc protocol
Additional information
Map options
Select Year:   Animate  Stop
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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