Aotea Bird Count

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In December 2019, the first Aotea Bird Count was conducted across Aotea Great Barrier Island by a group of trained community volunteers, as well as staff from Auckland Council, DOC, Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust, Windy Hill and Glenfern sanctuaries. 

Aotea is a safe haven for many birds and the Aotea Bird Count provided a much needed island-wide assessment of our birds. The count aims to record the presence of all bird species over 16 locations across a range of habitat and elevation types as well as different levels of pest control. At each site, five five minute counts are made, 200m apart along a ‘transect’ or line. Observers work in small teams, spending five minutes counting all species seen and heard in all directions, within and outside of 25m from their survey point. This is intended to be an annual community event.


The next Aotea Bird count will be happening in December 2022. To register your interest or be involved, please contact the Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust Email: