Got nothing to do on Sunday? Why not help conduct a survey of one of our native birds.

Forest and Bird's junior division, the Kiwi Conservation Club, ran its first Kereru Count last year with more than a thousand recorded sightings of the wood pigeons across the country.

From 9am Sunday to 3pm Monday, people are asked to visit gardens, parks and reserves and count the number they spot before going to the Kereru Count website to record their results.

Coordinator Ann Graeme says this is a fun citizen-science project that gives a snapshot of Kereru populations and distribution in New Zealand.


She says awareness is the first step to conservation and this survey is the best way for communities to learn there's a special native bird living near them.