are being urged to spend an hour relaxing in the garden in this week, observing
the different types and numbers of birds that come to visit.
annual New Zealand Garden Bird Survey is taking place from 30 June until 8 July
and is an opportunity for the country to build a picture about what types of
birds are visiting gardens and where they are visiting.
and biodiversity manager Ali Meade says in 2017, Southland featured near the
bottom of the ladder for the number of surveys completed, but we know the
region has an important story to tell about our local birds.
information about birds helps feed into the bigger picture of biodiversity
within Southland, where and how their habitat impacts on numbers and species
and where predators might be playing a major role in declining numbers.”
survey takes just an hour and people of any age can participate.
don’t even need to do it in your own garden, if you don’t have a suitable
backyard just head to the local park, a paddock or sports field and carry out
the survey there.”
can take part in the survey any time this week. There’s an easy form to capture
the information and a bird identification poster to assist online at
you don’t have access to the information online, pick up a brochure and tally
form from Environment Southland.