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Plant Natives

Published: 4 October 2019

Us native birds love gardens where we can easily find food and water and build a nest. Native plants provide us 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 us birds move safely from garden to garden as we search for food and nesting spots.

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

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

  • Avoid planting too close to windows as the reflections can confuse us, causing us 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 us move all over Auckland. You can also look here to see if there’s a community planting day coming up near you.

Find out more on how to attract birds to your garden.

If you want to learn more about how you can save our backyard bird song visit Auckland Council’s new website Tiaki Tāmaki Makaurau | Conservation Auckland.

Thanks for helping us native birds by making your backyard a pest-free haven.

Read more: Pest Free


Pest Free Auckland

Get involved in Pest Free Auckland. Place traps to rid your home of rats & possums. Identify the weeds in your garden. Plant natives to feed the birds and bees.

Place traps

Introduced predators like rats and possums are our worst enemies. Our eggs and babies are defenceless against them and they catch and kill us adult birds.

Pull Weeds

Weeds outcompete native plants, depriving us native birds and the bees of important food sources.