The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey | Te Tatauranga o ngā Manu Māra o Aotearoa:
Saturday, 24 June – Sunday, 2 July 2023.
2023 survey details
Dates: Saturday 24th June – Sunday 2nd July 2023
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research has proudly led this biodiversity study of urban and rural landscapes since 2007.
This survey is the only one of its kind that informs policy makers, scientists, bird enthusiasts and other organisations nationwide who have an interest in the state of our garden birds and their environment.
The survey acts as a backyard barometer for our nation’s garden birds. It’s an early warning system to highlight any health issues, as well as evidence that our birds are thriving.
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research monitors changes in bird populations over time by comprehensively analysing bird counts gathered by New Zealanders. These are then distilled into meaningful metrics.
To date, over 44,000 surveys of gardens and parks have been undertaken by individuals, schools, and community groups.
Dr Angela Brandt
Angela Brandt is a Senior Researcher in Ecology at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. She studies patterns of biodiversity and what drives changes in the plant and animal communities of Aotearoa New Zealand. Angela is particularly keen to understand how our management of the environment can affect the species we see around us. She coordinates the ecological workstream of the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey, including the collection, analysing, and reporting of the data on bird species observed in New Zealanders’ gardens.
Dr Gradon Diprose
Gradon has a background in urban planning and human geography. His research focuses on the diverse ways people connect with, and value nature, and the kinds of actions people take to express these values. Gradon actually has a bit of a bird phobia after being attacked by magpies as a kid, so he finds it slightly ironic (and therapeutic) to work on the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey.
This image of a kererū in a cababge tree was the winning entry in the 2022 Photography Competition.
Please credit the competition winner, Rowan Nicholson.