Urban biodiversity restoration

Pest Free New Zealand has captured the imagination of people up and down the country and there has been an explosion of interest in New Zealanders becoming involved in pest control, tree planting, weed removal, and other conservation work.

AUT research on restoring urban biodiversity explores the explosion in pest control and habitat restoration by community groups within the Kaipatiki Local Board over the past 10 years. What are the benefits to native biodiversity from all this work? Are the birds coming back?

View abstract: Annual variation in bird numbers across Kaipatiki, Auckland

Aerial view of Kauri Point Centennial Park (Auckland Council)
Puriri grove, Smiths Bush
Chew cards with extensive rat damage (left) and light mouse nibbling (right)
Bird count stations (purple dots) in Kaipatiki Local Board reserves

Researchers involved