Garden Bird Survey (28th June - 6th July)

10 Jun 2014

The garden bird survey is a New Zealand's longest running citizen science project which monitors population trends of garden birds throughout New Zealand.

The tui is one of the birds that has shown an increase in population over the past seven years. Photo Glenie Lambert.

The tui is one of the birds that has shown an increase in population over the past seven years. Photo Glenie Lambert.

It attempts to answer the question, “Are garden bird populations increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable?”

New Zealand has a number of rare native bird species that are declining in number, but we do not know the population trends of our more common native or introduced birds.

We hope that the annual garden bird survey will act as an early-warning system if currently common native species start declining.

Several currently common native species occur in our gardens, including fantail (shown above), tui, bellbird, silvereye, grey warbler, and kereru (native pigeon). Measuring the population trends of these species is an enormous task, which is why we need your help.

Anybody who can identify birds in their gardens can participate.

This year’s survey runs between 28 June – 6 July 2014. If you wish to find out more about the Garden Bird Survey, see here