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Our common backyard species give us the best indication of the health of our natural environment – think of birds as a barometer for nature! 

That’s why each October, people count how many birds they see within 20-minutes in their backyard, local park, or any other area. This provides a snapshot at the same time each year, allowing us to look at trends in our bird communities, and enabling you to make an important contribution to citizen science from your own home! 

Counting birds isn’t just a fun activity for you and the environment – spending time observing nature has been proven to provide benefits to mental health and well-being. All it takes is 20 minutes in your backyard, local park, or favourite outdoor space – anywhere you can count birds. 

Count the birds that are counting on you - register now to be part of the nation’s largest annual citizen science event! To find out more, visit  

The national total will be updated in real time, and the App allows you to see which species are being counted in your local area. Start spreading the word with #AussieBirdCount.

How to join the Aussie backyard Bird Count

 1. Register your interest at


2. Download the Aussie Bird Count app through the App Store or Google Play 

3. Take advantage of the local Bird Identification booklet and quick reference leaflet produced by local experts and community groups. There are also limited hard copies available from the Shire administration building or the Visitors centre.




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