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Kiwi nature-lovers are being
asked for their help for New
Zealand’s biggest wildlife
survey – and you don’t even
have to leave your living
room to take part.
The New Zealand Garden
Bird Survey, now in its
third year, aims to track
the fortunes of familiar
birds through backyard bird
watching – and anyone can
By spending just one hour
between June 27 and July
5 recording the birds that
visit your garden, you’ll
provide wildlife experts
with a picture of how both
our native birds and other
winged residents are faring.
More than 2000 people
took part in last year’s
New Zealand Garden Bird
Survey, and co-ordinator
Eric Spurr said he hoped
the availability of new
colour bird guides, along
Photo: A Walmsley/www.wildfocus.org
Birdlovers asked to help with survey
from Landcare Research.
“If you don’t have a garden,
you can take a trip to the local
park or domain, or even take
part with your class at school.
The more people who send us
their results the more useful
the information will be,” Dr
When you record the birds
visiting your garden, it is
important to note the highest
number of any particular
species that you see at one
time – not over the whole
hour as some birds may return
more than once. This helps
to keep your information as
accurate as possible.
The survey allows wildlife
experts to formulate a ‘top ten’
chart of our garden birds –
with the house sparrow taking
the top spot in 2008, and New
Zealand favourites like the tui
and fantail also making the
list. Over a number of years
the information collected by
Photo A Walmsle/
ildfoc s org
with online help to tell species
apart, will encourage more New
Zealanders than ever to get
“Taking part in the survey is
easy, you can sit down with the
whole family and take part just
by looking out the window to the
backyard. It’s often surprising how
many different birds are passing
through your garden, and over the
hour you might see a half a dozen
or more different species.”
Any birds seen can be recorded
on a survey form available online
The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey is based on the
UK Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
‘Big Garden Birdwatch’, which began in 1979. In January
2009 over 500,000 people took part in the UK, recording
millions of birds. The UK survey has helped to highlight
major declines in species such as the house sparrow,
starling and song thrush over three decades of data.
The NZ Garden Bird Survey was first trialled in 2006,
with national recording taking place in 2007 and 2008.
The survey is organised/managed entirely by volunteers.
Data from each individual survey form is collated to
formulate an average number of each bird species
observed across New Zealand. The ‘top ten’ of garden
birds is based on this information.
(birds in garden at once)
House Sparrow 11.4
Song Thrush 0.9
Last year’s top 10
Photo: T Marshall/www.wildfocus.org
NZ wood pigeon, the kereru
Photo: A Walmsley/ww.wildfocus.org
Photo: A Walmsley/www.wildfocus.org.
Male house sparrow.
the public can help discover whether
our garden bird numbers are increasing
or declining, helping to direct work by
To find out more, view the garden
bird guide, download a copy of the
recording form or enter results www.
landcareresearch.co.nz – keywords
‘Garden Bird Survey’.
Tamarillo cookbook winners
The Te Anau Smallbore Rifle Club met on June 17. Results were:
Te Anau Scouts: Ben Schuck 46 & 45, Sacha Fraser 12 & 27, Amy Hall-
Jones 74 & 80, Pattrick Dougherty 31 & 69, Emma Allendon- McLean
79 & 86, Holly Kemper 62 & 76. Novice: Gareth Jones 92.2 & 94, Doug
Robbie 84 & 95.2, Thomas Lundman 77, Darren Jones 83 & 93.3.
Senior: Neil Bates 96.4, Shayne Mercer 95.1
Three lucky Fiordland Advocate readers will soon be receiving a copy of Jan
Bilton’s latest publication, the Tamarillo Cook Book.
The competition winners are Bernadette Powell, of Te Anau, Jill Lindsay, of
Feldwick and Erin Hurley, of Riversdale.
Congratulations, and thank you to the many people who entered. And keep
reading the Advocate as we’ll be bringing you a chance to win another of
Jan’s great recipe books later in the year.
Te Anau shooters hit their mark
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