An Exploration of Knowledge Regarding Birds
Information sheet for participants

Thank you for your interest in this project. Please read this information sheet carefully before deciding whether or not to participate. If you decide to participate we thank you. If you decide not to take part there will be no disadvantage and we thank you for considering our request. 

This project is being undertaken jointly with Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research and aims to explore knowledge regarding New Zealand birds. In order to participate, you must be at least 16 years of age. You will be asked to take an online survey, which will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. You may decide not to take part in the project without any disadvantage to yourself, and can exit the survey at any time. Participation is entirely voluntary. To thank you for your time, you will have the option to enter a prize draw for a PekaPeka bird feeder upon completion of the survey.

A Pekapeka feeder (Photo: Tahu Mackenzie)

A Pekapeka feeder (Photo: Tahu Mackenzie)


You will be asked to provide some personal information such as your gender and level of education. You only be asked to provide your name for the purposes of the prize draw. If you do provide your name for the prize draw, it will not be associated with your survey responses. All responses will be anonymous. 

Raw data collected as part of this research will be securely stored on a password-protected server; only the researchers will be able to access it. Anonymised data will be Anonymous data obtained as a result of the research will be retained for at least 5 years in secure storage, and in most cases kept indefinitely. The results of the project may be published and will be available in the University of Otago Library (Dunedin, New Zealand).

All photographs used in the survey are freely available for use via a creative commons license. Photographer and license information available at the end of the survey.

If you have any questions about our project, either now or in the future, please feel free to contact:

Professor Nancy Longnecker or Andrea Liberatore
Centre for Science Communication Centre for Science Communication
University of Otago University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand
(+64) 03 479 7885 (+64) 03 479 9276
nancy.longnecker [at] andrea.liberatore [at]

This study has been approved by the Centre for Science Communication. However, if you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph +64 03 479-8256). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.