Useful Links

Library guide for biological science students and academics at UCT

The aim of this guide is to provide library resources and information to Biological Sciences students, researchers and academics.




Botanical Links

Biodiversity Heritage Library Logo

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

The Biodiversity Heritage Library works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community. BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life ().




Botanicus is a freely accessible portal to historic botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library. Botanicus is made possible through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, W.M. Keck Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Kew Botanical Gardens

Science & Conservation


International Plant Names Index (IPNI)

The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and lycophytes. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data are freely available and are gradually being standardized and checked. IPNI will be a dynamic resource, depending on direct contributions by all members of the botanical community.

IPNI is the product of a collaboration between The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Harvard University Herbaria, and the Australian National Herbarium.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Plant Conservation

Plant Science

Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries

California Plants & Habitats


Ecology & Biodiversity Resource Links


Cape Action for People and Environment (CAPE)

Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE) is a 20 year partnership of government and civil society aimed at conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region.

The rationale of the CAPE partnership is to create linkages between government, the private sector and civil society so that we all work together with a common strategy, avoiding duplication, addressing gaps and uniting to leverage resources and to tackle agreed common priorities in terms of a shared vision.


Cape NatureCape Nature

Care for Nature

Scientific Services

CapeNature’s Scientific Services Unit (SSU) provides a professional scientific support service to conservation management in the Western Cape Province.

Members of the SSU are experts in the fields of indigenous freshwater aquatic ecosystems, plants, invertebrates, freshwater fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals to ensure the continuation of our conservation services. Read more …


CapeNature is the regulatory authority in the Western Cape for the issuing of permits for fauna, flora, hunting and CITES.

Through the Permit Office, CapeNature strives to provide administrative support which is effective, fair and efficient, and monitor compliance in terms of all relevant environmental legislation.

Conservation at Work

Conservation at Work

Conservation at Work is a Non-Profit Organisation that promotes and supports the conservation of private land in the Western Cape. This is primarily achieved by sharing information with landowners, formalising partnerships with stakeholders and mobilising resources for conservation initiatives. A further core function is the representation of all conservancies in the Western Cape at the National Association of Conservancies/Stewardship South Africa (NACSA). Conservation at Work shares information with the members through their website where you can access fact sheets, conservation guidelines and documents relating to natural resource management, relevant legislation, sustainable farming and conservation best practice. The website and Facebook page also aim to support landowners by providing an online platform for members to share news and articles of interest and stimulate discussion and further promote the importance and impact of private sector conservation.

Society for Conservation Biology

Conservation Biology

SCB is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving the Earth’s biological diversity.


Conservation South Africa

Conservation South Africa

Mission of Conservation South Africa is to promote and support conservation, restoration, and sustainable land use in South Africa’s Hotspots as an essential element of food security and land reform, human and economic development, and building resilience to the impacts of climate change.


SANBISouth African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) leads and coordinates research, and monitors and reports on the state of biodiversity in South Africa. The institute provides knowledge and information, gives planning and policy advice and pilots best-practice management models in partnership with stakeholders.

Information Resources

WAMISWide Area Monitoring Information System

The Wide Area Monitoring Information System (WAMIS) portal consists of a collection of satellite-based information services providing near real-time monitoring and mapping capabilities of natural events such as fires, floods, and droughts occurring within Southern Africa. The Terra and Aqua MODIS polar orbiting satellites as well as the geostationary Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellite provide continuous data streams captured and processed by the South African National Space Agency (formerly CSIR – Satellite Application Centre) at Hartbeeshoek, as well as by the CSIR Meraka Institute in Pretoria.

African Conservation FoundationAfrican Conservation Foundation ACF

The African Conservation Foundation works to preserve Africa’s wildlife by conducting, supporting and linking conservation projects throughout the continent. Learn more


International Association of Bryologists (IAB)

Grassland Society of Southern Africa