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  • Welcome to the CWAC website!

    The Animal Demography Unit (ADU) launched the Coordinated Waterbird Counts (CWAC) project in 1992 as part South Africa’s commitment to International waterbird conservation. This is being done by means of a programme of regular mid-summer and mid-winter censuses at a large number of South African wetlands. Regular six-monthly counts are regarded as a minimum standard; however, we do encourage counters to survey their wetlands on a more regular basis as this provides more accurate data.  All the counts are conducted by volunteers; people and organisations with a passion for waterbird conservation. It is one of the largest and most successful citizen science programmes in Africa, providing much needed data for waterbird conservation around the world. Currently the project regularly monitors over 400 wetlands around the country, and furthermore curates waterbird data for over 600 sites. 


    Citizen Science Week : Saturday 8 March to Sunday 16 March

    Citizen Science Week 8-16 March

    Ultimately, the goal of all the data collection by the ADU's citizen scientists is to have an impact on biodiversity conservation. The wealth of data and information contributed by our citizen scientists, collated and curated at the ADU, and analysed by our students and staff and by many other people, has improved biodiversity conservation in southern Africa. Together we are making a difference! For the evidence of this have a look at this one-page article.

    The ADU's Citizen Science Week celebrates the participation and involvement of citizen scientists in building our digital biodiversity databases, totalling some 18 million records. The objective of our "Citizen Science Week" is to give all citizen scientists a chance to become a community with the objective of collecting and submitting as much biodiversity data in digital format as we are able during the week. Citizen Science Week runs from Saturday 8 March to Sunday 16 March, so it includes two weekends.

    Prepub Offer: "The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa"

    The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa

    The distribution maps in "The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa" were generated in the ADU using SABAP data. You can get the book on a prepublication offer – it is a two-volume set – the prepub price, until 28 February, is R1248.30 (incl VAT and postage in South Africa). You have to work really hard to find the place where to put in the Promotional Code: if you slot in the promotional code ADU1234, then the publishers will give the ADU R100 for each copy sold. SO WHEN YOU ORDER THE BOOK, PLEASE SEARCH UNTIL YOU FIND THE PLACE TO SLOT THIS INFORMATION IN!

    2000 up on Facebook

    ADU 2000 on Facebook

    The "page" for the Animal Demography Unit on Facebook now has 2000 "friends" who have "liked" it.

    It is the best place to keep up to date with the goings on in the ADU and beyond. It is where the news breaks first!

    You don't need to have a Facebook log-in to see the page, which is at

    Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites