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:

    15 February 2024
    Course opens for study 15 February. Workshop 20-21 February 2024 - GERALDINE
    6 March 2024
    Course opens for study 6 March. Workshop 11-12 March 2024 - ROTORUA
    9 March 2024
    Course opens for study 09 March. Workshop 14-15 March 2024 - TARANAKI
    2 April 2024
    Course opens for study 2 April. Workshop 6-7 April 2024 - CASTLE HILL VILLAGE, CANTERBURY
  • 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.

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