The Great Kererū Count is the largest national citizen science project to help gather information on the abundance and distribution of the New Zealand Pigeon — also known as kererū, kūkū or kūkupa.

The Great Kererū Count will take place over 10 full days from 16 to 25 September 2016. So get ready to get out and about and make your kererū count.

In a single day Kererū can fly up to


So keep an eye on the sky

The Great Kererū Count was set up to help us get a better understanding of kererū numbers and distribution across New Zealand. The Great Kererū Count is an annual citizen science project and the more people who participate, the better the understanding we will get on how kererū are doing across the country. Over a number of years, scientists from Victoria University of Wellington and Lincoln University will use data from the Great Kererū Count and build a more accurate picture of kererū numbers, distribution as well as key kererū behaviors. This will help us understand how best to protect kererū. 

The humble kererū is one of New Zealand’s most valuable assets when it comes to our native forests. Long before humans came to this country, kererū have been undertaking the largest plant restoration project the country has ever seen. Kererū are the only bird left in New Zealand that are able to swallow and disperse the seeds from our largest native trees such as tawa, taraire, pūriri and mataiKererū can live for 21+ years and are essential for native bush regeneration. Their disappearance would be a disaster for our native forests.

Kereru Counted in 2015
Observations in the GKC 2015


The Great Kererū Count 2016 is a nationwide collaboration between WWF-New Zealand and Kererū Discovery. The Great Kererū Count is also proudly supported by  Wellington City CouncilVictoria University of Wellington , Forest & Bird, KCC, NatureWatch NZ, Zealandia, Human+Nature,  Wildland Consultants, Nelson Nature and Wellington Zoo


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The Great Kererū Count starts on Friday 16th of September and runs through untill Sunday 25th of September. We need eveyone in New Zealand out counting kererū from the top of the North Island to the bottom of Stewart Island.





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