Birding the ‘burbs

Can you help us to assess the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity in Adelaide?

Currently, just over half of the world’s population live in urban places, but this is expected to increase to two thirds by the year 2050. One outcome of rapid urbanisation is a decline in biodiversity as urban landscapes become less natural. This project is looking at the relationship between urban development and biodiversity, something we need to understand to inform better planning and development.

The research

The project involves modelling the distributions of birds across Adelaide and using this model to predict the impacts of future development (e.g. low-density or high-density housing). This information will be useful for planners and developers to assess and plan new developments. The main stages of the project are:
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  • Site selection (2015-May 2016) COMPLETED: SEE MAP BELOW
  • First collection of bird data (May/June, 2016) COMPLETED
  • Recruitment of bird data collectors COMPLETED
  • Second collection of bird data (18th February – 3rd March 2017) COMPLETED
  • Third collection of bird data (22nd April – 7th May 2017) COMPLETED
  • Fourth collection of bird data (9th September – 24th September 2017)  COMPLETED
  • Reporting of results to all stakeholders (2017-timing to be confirmed)
Can you help? Register your interest…

We are looking for volunteers to conduct bird surveys at set locations in Adelaide during 2017 (see the set locations on the map below – you can click on the map to zoom in and out). The number of sites you survey is up to you. If you have some birding experience and would like to get involved, please email us at
If you have any questions or want more information, please call the Discovery Circle office

Site Map

Sites coloured green are available to be selected. Sites in other colours have already been selected by one of our citizen scientists (thank you!).

If the map does not load on this page, you can view it on its own webpage (click here).