Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Garden Bird Survey On Again in HB

Media Release

13 June 2013

Garden Bird Survey On Again in HB

The annual NZ Garden Bird Survey is on again and is being encouraged in Hawke’s Bay as a useful way to assess the benefits of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s possum control programmes throughout the region.

Spend just one hour anytime between  Saturday 29  June and Sunday 7  July looking for birds in your garden or local park, and record the largest number of each species you see ( or hear) at once.

People can complete the survey online at www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biocons/ gardenbird/ .  This website also has information on the survey and last year’s results. 

The survey is organised by Landcare Research and supported by The Ornithological Society of New Zealand and Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society. 

Locally Hawke’s Bay Regional Council encourages residents to help with the survey, as the data helps monitor the increase in bird life following the regional possum control programmes.  

Urban possum control (HuB) programmes have been operating on Napier Hill, Havelock North and Taradale and residents have observed the fast increase in bird life in their neighbourhoods. These programmes link in with the extensive rural possum control areas operated around the region by farmers, and coordinated by HBRC.

HBRC has two more HuB programmes starting this winter - alongside the Karamu, from St Georges Road to Whakatu, and in the Pukekura area west of Taradale.

“The bird survey is a great way for local people to provide some observations on the real benefits that possum control brings to their neighbourhood environment,” said Rod Dickson, HBRC Biosecurity Advisor.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news