Wed, Nov 29
Auckland Council and local workers have banded together to protect a group of endangered dotterel birds which have found a new home down on Auckland CBD's waterfront after being pushed out of their native habitat.
The small birds have been forced away from beach nesting zones, settling in some unusual spots around Auckland city.
Senior Biodiversity Advisor for Auckland Council Ben Paris told 1 NEWS there was more than one reason the birds are making the shift inland.
"We think as the pressure on the beaches comes in from urbanisation and the population expands that they're actually coming into more of these urban areas.
The human housing squeeze could leave our native birds homeless again.
Source: 1 NEWS
"Being squeezed out of their environment by things like people on the beaches and dogs especially are a real big threat for these birds, so this is actually a relatively safe environment for them," Mr Paris said.
There are only around 1700 dotterels left in New Zealand, the birds are found mainly in Auckland and are in the middle of their nesting season, with three chicks making their home with mum and dad in a vacant lot on Auckland CBD's waterfront.