Garden bird survey
This year's survey: 29 June - 7 July 2019
Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment, and to help us discover and learn more about NZ garden birds, participate in this citizen science project. Learn more about the NZ Garden Bird Survey here - there are lots of activities and resources to keep everyone entertained.
All you need to know to take part: how to do the survey, submit your observations and identify birds.
Enter your data online using this form, either as you count the birds or after you have finished counting them.
Daily progress updates as Garden Bird Survey data is submitted
Let your children get creative with the NZ Garden Bird Survey colouring competition. Great prizes up for grabs...
Birds act as ‘backyard barometers’ – telling us about the health of the environment we live in. They are signalling significant changes in our environment over the last 10 and 5 years. We should be listening. Using cutting-edge techniques, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research has distilled a substantial information base – bird counts gathered by New Zealanders from over 34,000 garden surveys since 2008 – into simple but powerful metrics. Explore how bird counts have changed nationally and in your region since 2008.
Birds act as 'backyard barometers' - telling us about the health of the environment we live in. We should be listening. Birds are signalling significant changes in our environment over the last 11 years, according to the State of NZ Garden Birds 2017 | Te Āhua o ngā Manu o te Kāri i Aotearoa 2017 report just released by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research.
NZ Garden Bird Survey shows some bird populations have dramatically declined over the last 10 years. The most spectacular decline has been for the silvereye, the most common native bird in our gardens, which has declined by 44% nationally.
Find out why you should take part in the NZ Garden Bird Survey
Activities, masks, competitions, video clips and more
Find us on social media and share photos and stories about the birds in your garden, as well as to receive news and results.
Activities and resources for schools - NZ Garden Bird Survey
The story so far for 16 common garden visitors: see what we have learnt from the 25,000+ gardens surveyed by volunteers since 2007.
Keep everyone entertained: Bird colouring sheets, activities for schools, feeding birds and learning more about garden birds in New Zealand and overseas.
Converting bird count data into a meaningful summary can be tricky. Explore some challenges being tackled behind the scenes.