On Saturday 21 March David Chamberlain was awarded the prestigious Austin Roberts Memorial Medal at the BirdLife South Africa AGM 2015, in acknowledgement of his contributions to avitourism and conservation in South Africa.

This award is named after Austin Roberts (1883-1948), a household name thanks to the range of bird-books that carry his name. Austin Roberts was one of the co-founders and mainstays of BirdLife South Africa’s predecessor, the Southern African Ornithological Society.

The Austin Roberts Memorial Award has been established to honour people who have made a significant contribution to bird conservation in South Africa, and who have achieved enduring results in enhancing the conservation status of individual bird species, bird communities, key bird habitats or important bird sites, and/or who have brought about positive changes in local attitudes or national policies that have been for the benefit of bird conservation.

We are proud that Mr Chamberlain has been recognized for his ongoing efforts to conserve birds and their habitats in South Africa.

Photo left: Mark Anderson (CEO: BirdLife South Africa), David Chamberlain, Pete Roberts and Phoebe Barnard (President: BirdLife South Africa)


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