Garden Bird Survey

30 June - 2 July 2017

NZ Garden Bird Survey 2017

This is a fun and free activity, its suitable for all ages and better yet, you can do it in your own time.

Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment, by counting the number of birds in your garden or at your restoration project you can help us monitor Southland’s bird populations.


Many of New Zealand’s native birds are threatened or endangered. As a result, our rare birds are monitored intensely. But what’s happening with our more common native and introduced birds? Many of these birds live in our gardens, including the fantail, tui, silvereye, bellbird, and kereru. The annual NZ Garden Bird Survey has been set up to monitor all species. Information collected from the surveys can act as an early-warning system if these bird populations begin to decline.
This is an enormous task, which is why we need your help! New Zealand doesn’t need any more rare and endangered birds.


The next NZ Garden Bird Survey will take place from 24 June - 2 July 2017.

The survey runs for one week each year and can be completed by anyone. You chose one hour during the week that suits you best and simply record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time in your garden.
Tip: If you see 1 blackbird at one time, then see 2 at another time, record this as 2. Do not add them up.

You can find more information and more detailed instructions for participation on the NZ Garden Bird Survey website.
Thank you for your help!