Doing the survey
Next year's survey: 27 June to 5 July 2020
Basic survey instructions, or watch our more comprehensive video to find out how to do the bird survey, and how to enter your results.
Print this tally sheet to help with your bird counting - this optional but recommended step will make recording easier! Then enter your data online.
Resources to become a skilled birder! You can recognise birds by their colour, shape, size and flight pattern.
These beautiful prints come from A History of the Birds of New Zealand by Sir Walter Buller, published in 1888. We have digitised these stunning lithographs, and this year you can WIN either a framed A4 print of your choice, or three unframed A3 prints, just by taking part in the NZ Garden Bird Survey!
Find answers to frequently asked questions about how to do the survey here.