28 Feb 2012

Kereru thriving in cities

7:13 pm on 28 February 2012

Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin have all emerged as hotspots for the native Kereru in Forest and Bird's first ever nationwide survey of the bird.

The Kereru Count Project found more than 1000 sightings of the native pigeon in the nine days to Februrary 27, indicating they are thriving in urban areas.

Count Project Co-Ordinator Jenny Lynch says the results of urban pigeon growth have been rewarding for communities.

She says survey data will show what green spaces need to be developed and where pest control is needed to further encourage the Kereru population.