Shorebirds (Order Charadriiformes) have been counted at high tide roosts on harbours, estuaries and beaches in the Bay of Plenty since 1970. Twice yearly (summer and winter) counts started in 1984 and continue today.
This report is an analysis of numbers and distribution of shorebirds in the Bay of Plenty from 1984 to 2003.
It considers the contribution Bay of Plenty’s shorebirds make to national shorebird populations and whether these achieve the RAMSAR Conservation criteria for wetlands of international importance.
The location and properties of shorebird roost sites are described and some outcomes from conservation management programmes in the Bay of Plenty discussed.
Technical Report Series 26
Published by the Department of Conservation, Bay of Plenty Conservancy.