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Plant Natives

Published: 4 October 2019

Our native birds love gardens where we can easily find food and water and build a nest. Native plants provide them with the best sources of food and shelter.

Flowering natives we especially love



Scrambling Pohuehue

Handy tips

  • Planting a variety of native trees and shrubs between properties helps our birds move safely from garden to garden as they search for food and nesting spots.

  • It’s best if plants and lawns aren’t too manicured so they can easily hop around from one to another.

  • It’s good to let your plants flower so they can feed off the nectar.

  • Avoid planting too close to windows as the reflections can confuse our precious native birds, causing them to fly into the glass.

Safety in numbers

When groups of neighbours have native trees and shrubs planted along their boundaries, they start to form corridors that help our native birds move all over Auckland. 

Find out more on how to attract birds to your garden and backyard biodiversity here.

If you don’t know where to start or want to get active, you can also look here to see if there’s a community planting day coming up near you.

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