Shorebirds of Farewell Spit, Golden Bay and Tasman Bay
The coastal area of the Top of the South Island has extensive estuaries and large tidal flats that are visited by thousands of shorebirds annually.
Shorebird surveys at the Top of the South Island have been undertaken by members of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand (OSNZ) since 1961.
The OSNZ report Shorebirds of Farewell Spit, Golden Bay and Tasman Bay (2013) summarises the distribution and numbers of shorebirds between 2001 and 2012, and areas of international importance for the Nelson-Tasman region.
Eight areas are of international importance for at least one species of shorebird include: Westhaven Inlet, Farewell Spit, Pakawau, Collingwood, Rototai, Motueka Sandspit, West Waimea Inlet (including Grossi Point and No-Mans Island), East Waimea Inlet (including Rabbit Island East, Bell Island Shellbank and Sand Island, Nelson Airport Area).