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

Bird numbers up in garden survey

The Gisborne Herald interviewed Dr Angela Brandt, Manaaki Whenua researcher and ecologist, following the release of the 2021 New Zealand Garden Bird Survey report. Results from a national bird survey show a positive trend for native birds like kererū, unlike introduced species such as starlings, which have shown a decline over the years. “What’s exciting … Read more

Otago Daily Times reports Dunedin city most responsive to bird survey

Dunedin and Otago people have traditionally topped the pecking order as the country’s most enthusiastic participants in this Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research-led survey, now in its 15th year. And last year’s Covid-19 lockdown, and more time spent at home watching the birds, may have been an unexpectedly powerful factor in the big survey response, … 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

NZ Garden Bird Survey on OneNews

TVNZ’s OneNews shares how we can get involved with the NZ Garden Bird Survey, the results from the 2019 report and interviews Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research ecologists. Bird-watchers asked to keep an eagle eye out this week as part of annual survey New Zealanders are being called to help count our bird population as … Read more