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Wider Gauteng (100K) Listing Club
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See also the 2011 Gauteng Birding Challenge
While a lifelist is a personal thing, once you share and compare your lifelist with others, it is useful to establish some sort of common understanding of what the list represents. The lists submitted for the Jo'burg Pretoria listing Club is therefore based on the following understanding:
A key aspect of birding, is to keep lists of particular countries, regions or areas. Why not the Wider Gauteng Region - which has more than 500 possible species - more than many countries and regions in the northern hemisphere, where keeping of lists is a large and growing hobby?
The idea has been in circulation for some time, and in 2001 a "Pretoria Birding Challenge" was run which attracted a lot of interest and participation, with two birders recording over 400 species in a single year.In mid-2004 there was some discussion on the popular local birding forum "Pretoriabirds", on the boundaries of this area. A general consensus was reached that the Gauteng boundaries are problematic and it would be better to use a boundary determined by 100km from the centre of Pretoria or Johannesburg. The map (click here) indicates the area covered, but the list of birding sites which follows also provides a good indication of where birding can be included for your "Wider Gauteng (100K) Region" list.
Participation in this list has the following motivation: