Environmental Reporting, Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand
The status of our bird communities is an important indicator for the condition of our ecosystems. Many indigenous birds play key ecological roles, including dispersing seeds and pollinating flowers. In some situations, exotic (not indigenous to New Zealand) bird species can partially fulfil these roles. Measuring the composition of bird communities across public conservation land allows us to monitor how those communities are changing over time.
This data set relates to the "Bird species on public conservation land" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.
Source: Department of Conservation
Method: This measure provides a snapshot of the make-up of bird communities in public conservation land. The information was collected by bird monitoring carried out between 2012 and 2013. The monitoring took place at 155 stations (79 non-forest sites, 76 forest sites) distributed across public conservation land.
Non-forest sites include a range of habitats (for example, sub-alpine shrub-lands, dunelands, high country grassland, scrub-lands, braided riverbeds).
The accuracy of the data source is of medium quality.