Five Minute Bird Count
Nationwide tailored courses available
Level 4

CFS426 Five Minute Bird Count

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

    This means that you will now graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Course code


  • Locations and dates

    Off Campus:

    15 February 2023
    WORKSHOP 21-22 February - Geraldine/Peel Forest
    16 February 2023
    WORKSHOP 23-24 February - Wanaka/Makarora
    16 March 2023
    WORKSHOP 22-23 March - Taranaki
    24 March 2023
    WORKSHOP 29-30 March - Wairarapa
    29 March 2023
    WORKSHOP 4-5 April - South Island, location TBA
    27 April 2023
    WORKSHOP 3-4 May - Christchurch/Living Springs
    12 May 2023
    WORKSHOP 17-18 May - North Island, Location TBA
  • Fees

    Tuition: 10.00
    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.

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