Note that times are different than usual due to unhelpful tides this year.

2014 Open Days and Events

June 22 Sunday
OSNZ – Firth of Thames, Wader Census:

All Welcome! Phone the us for further details.

August 23 Saturday
Winter Potluck Dinner 6pm.
Guest speakers John Stewart and Kay Milton – Black bin bags, plastic magpies and quail eggs – the ups and downs of life for terns on the Copland Islands in Northern Ireland.
Working Bee 10 am – 2 pm
Birdwatching 2 pm – 4 pm
Come for one or all events!

October 12 2014 Sunday
High tide at 10 so birdwatching from 10:00

Guest Speaker: Adrian Riegen.  2014′s return to Yalu Jiang, what was accomplished and what that means for wader conservation.

November 9, 2014 OSNZ – Firth of Thames, Wader Census
Contact the Centre for details



2015 will be the Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust’s 40th Birthday.  We are hoping to have a very special series of events through the year.

Courses 2014

Contact us for details and price. More courses may be added so please check back.

15-17 August Nature Journalling Tutor Sandra Morris

Learn how to draw for identification or just for pleasure from the natural world around the Shorebird Centre and local shellbanks.  More info

September 2-4 2014: New Zealand Dotterel Management Course.
Aimed at agencies, community groups and volunteers involved with monitoring and managing dotterels.
Contact us for further details.

7-9 November Photography Tutor Bruce Shanks


21-23 November 2014; Wader Identification Workshop

In this weekend course we focus on the basics, what the types of wader are, how to look at them generally and in detail.  Tutors Keith Woodley and Gillian Vaughan

Courses 2015

17-23 Jan 2015   The Miranda Field Course.
Now in its sixteenth year the Miranda Field Course is perfect for any naturalist. Topics covered in past courses have included geology, botany, and entomology, but with a focus on birds, identification, catching, and details on ecology of some of our shorebirds. For details of the previous course click here or contact the Centre on 09 2322781 or email us.  (Update Jun3 2014 – nest years course is filling early this time, if you are interested contact us soon.)