Save our backyard bird song

Getting around Auckland is risky for us native birds. But there is a plan to make it safer, by turning Auckland into a pest-free haven. The good news is you only need to do one simple thing in your backyard to make a difference this spring. And if you do all three, it'll make a huge difference.

Save Auckland’s bird song and be pest free by 2050

We're making progress protecting native species, enhancing their habitats and eradicating pests. Find out how.

1. Pull weeds

Clear your backyard of pest plants.

2. Plant natives

Plant natives to feed the birds and bees.

Did you know?

Our team of experts have put together some exciting facts about our precious native birds. Do you know which bird can sound like a car alarm?

3. Place traps

Rid your home and backyard of rats & possums.

Help make Auckland a pest-free haven

Find out how you can help make Auckland a pest-free haven.

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Pest-proofing as boaties prepare to return to the water

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Hunt for elusive intruder uncovers surprising activity on pest free island

Cameras on Motukorea/Browns Island in the Hauraki Gulf have captured footage of Aucklanders accessing the island during both lockdown Alert Levels 4 and 3.

Auckland Council gets back into environmental action

Auckland Council staff and contractors will be back out in the field as early as next week to resume work protecting and enhancing the region’s natural environment.

Students create colourful murals for pest free trailer

A colourful trailer, decorated by three local students attending three different Enviro schools, will stand out in the local community.

Totara Park planting helps to green the city

Manurewa’s Totara Park continues to play a big part in the greening of Auckland.

Stowaway caught trying to hitch a ride on Rangitoto ferry

A vigilant Fullers360 crew member seized a small plague skink on a vessel due to depart for Rangitoto Island recently - the sixth recorded plague skink interception since 2016.

A new generation of council pups on its way

Piri, one of Auckland Council's hard-working biosecurity dogs is expecting puppies - and it's almost time to meet them.

Keep an eye out for foreign vessels in Great Barrier waters

Great Barrier Island residents asked to keep eye out for foreign vessels in battle to protect the island’s unique ecosystems from pest species.