Five Minute Bird Count
Nationwide tailored courses available
Level 4

CFS426 Five Minute Bird Count

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  • Course code


  • Locations and dates

    Off Campus:

    3 August 2024
    Course opens for study 3 Aug. Workshop 8-9 Aug 2024 - OTARI WILTON BUSH, WELLINGTON
    7 September 2024
    Course opens for study 7 Sept. Workshop 9-10 Sept 2024 - PICTON
    21 September 2024
    Course opens for study 21 Sept. Workshop 26-27 Sept 2024 - THAMES
    5 October 2024
    Course opens for study 5 October. Workshop 7-8 Oct 2024 - HOKITIKA
    2 November 2024
    Course opens for study 2 November. Workshop 4-5 Nov 2024 - INVERCARGILL
  • Fees

    Tuition: 11.00
    Student levy: 10.00
  • Credits


Identify a range of common forest birds using the Department of Conservation 5-minute bird count protocol.

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In this course, you will learn how to identify a range of common forest birds using the five-minute bird count (5MBC) protocol, commonly used by the Department of Conservation and many community groups.

You will learn how to establish a consistency of data collection, recording, and storage, and to make the data available for analysis, reporting, and subsequent business planning within the required timeframe.  

The 5MBC course is based on the Dawson and Bull field method. This course uses modern techniques, such as an online programme and pre-recorded bird calls, to help you identify common forest bird species.

Please take note of the workshop dates as they differ from the course start date. Also, online enrolments for our courses close on the course start date.

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