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Number of tūī spotted in Canterbury triples over past decade

Number of tūī spotted in Canterbury triples over past decade

Increase in Kererū, piwakawaka, and tūī – garden bird survey

Photo: Supplied/ Tony Stoddard

Listen: “We know people are doing lots of work to improve things for birds with predator-free initiatives and restoration initiatives” – Survey co-ordinator Dr Angela Brandt RNZ’s Morning Report talked all things Garden Bird Survey with survey co-ordinator Dr Angela Brandt recently. Twitchers are recording more kererū, pīwakawaka, and tūī in their backyards each year, … Read more

What’s going on with the birds in your garden?

Silvereye. Photo: Rob Osbourne.

SunLive: Do you know how many birds visit our back gardens? The State of New Zealand Garden Birds|TeāhuaongāmanuotekāriiAotearoa 2022, a report released by Manaaki Whenua-LandcareResearch, shows the latest results from New Zealand’s longest-running citizen science project – the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey. The annual survey, which began 16 years ago, is held every year … Read more

Big increase in kererū and pīwakawaka seen in New Zealand gardens – survey

RNZ, 18 February 2022 New research shows there are significantly more kererū and pīwakawaka in our backyards than there were 10 years ago. The findings come from the New Zealand Garden Bird survey by Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, which is the country’s longest running citizen science project. Last July as part of its annual survey, almost 15,000 … Read more

Annual Garden Bird Survey draws to close for 2022

Image: Radio New Zealand

RNZ Morning Report, 4th July 2022. Backyard-bird enthusiasts have once again risen to the occasion for the annual Garden Bird Survey. The project is like a census for birds of sorts, and sees tens of thousands of people each year out counting the number of birds in their gardens over a week. This year’s survey … Read more

Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Did you catch this great interview with Kennedy Warne on Radio New Zealand? It’s the the annual Garden Bird Survey this week, where the public is invited to count birds in their backyard or local park or reserve for an hour any time between now and Sunday and report the results to Manaaki Whenua – … Read more

Popularity of wild bird feeding goes sky high

COVID-19 has resulted in many people around the world now placing greater value on the wellbeing effects of time spent in nature. In New Zealand this has been apparent in the noticeable increase in purchases of wild bird feed and feeders – a trend Oamaru-based pet feed brand Topflite puts down to a general change … Read more