16 Aug 2023

Bad weather hinders breeding season for dotterels

From Morning Report, 8:57 am on 16 August 2023

Storm surges and cyclones have made it a hard year for many, and Auckland's wildlife is no exception.

The Dotterel - Tūturiwhatu - usually nests in coastal areas for breeding, but the wild weather has seen the vulnerable birds have one of their worst breeding seasons in over a decade.

Auckland City Council is urging people to be on the lookout for the birds some of which are finding unusual spots to nest this year.

Auckland Council senior conservation advisor Ben Paris spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.