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We administer bird ringing in Southern Africa,
supplying rings, ringing equipment and services to volunteer and professional ringers in
South Africa and neighbouring countries. We are
an essential arm of the Animal Demography Unit and all ringing records are curated by us.Contact is maintained by our
Project Coordinator with all ringers (banders in North American or Australian terminology).
In 1972 SAFRING produced their first self published journal SAFRING News (seen in this image). This publication continued for the next 30 years fairly unchanged until 2001 when it had a name change and became AFRING News, which finally became the online journal we have today (Click Here).
For just over 40 years SAFRING/AFRING News has been publishing papers containing ringing information about birds. Which have included a variety of interesting ringing trips, interesting captures, faunistic observations relating to ringing, and analyses of ringing data. In total 983 articles (780 SAFRING News and 203 AFRING News) have been published over this time which is a substantial number of very interesting accounts from many of our prominent African ringers/researchers.
Continued interest in this journal has sparked a much needed revamp to our online access as some of the pages have fallen behind in the times and many of the articles were inaccessible. A special thanks goes out to Zephne Bernitz for scanning the Safring News issues a few years ago so that they could be available as free pdfs to ringers and researchers! We have also given the site a revamp and added in some filters to the list to aid in searches.
This project is still underway, and a number of the papers may lead to dead links, so if you come across any of these and have a PDF version of the paper please do not hesitate in sending it through. We do have these records in hard copy as well so if an article is urgently needed (and not found online) please let us know and we will scan it in to make it accessible for you (and everyone else). So please grab a cup of coffee and take your time while having a look through our articles, and if you have any interesting articles of your own to submit, please do so by using the template provided (Template).
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