Birders Alert: 2010 Garden Bird Survey

17 May 2010

Grab your binos and head garden-ward for the 2010 Garden Bird Survey. 

All you need to do is spend one hour anytime between 26 June and 4 July looking for birds in your garden, parks or school grounds and record the largest number of each type of bird you see or hear.

Your results will provide scientists with important information about bird populations and which types of birds might need help in the future. 

Last year, over 1900 people took part in the nationwide survey.

For two years running, the house sparrow has been the most common garden dwelling bird. 

In 2007 silvereyes came up tops in the survey, however, in recent years there has been a decline in population. This drop is numbers is thought to because of an outbreak of avian pox in the Dunedin region. 

For survey forms and bird identification sheets click here. You can even enter your results online.

The bird survey is run jointly by Forest & Bird and Landcare research.