The Trust has undertaken research in conjunction with various contractors and scientists over the years. To date research has focused on monitoring, population trends, breeding success, post-translocation movements and genetics. Current research is focusing on light disorientation, crash landings and foraging behaviour.

Research remains a key priority in Hutton’s shearwater conservation management, and long-term funding is required to ensure research priorities come to fruition. Research is urgently required to assess the erosion risks at the two remaining mountain colonies, where soil instability is a significant risk. It is also vital to assess all six “abandoned” mountain colonies, to discern whether any breeding may be occurring there.


Current research:

Light disorientation

Dr Sharyn Goldstien from the University of Canterbury is currently investigating Hutton’s shearwater fledgling crash landings in relation to light disorientation.

Foraging behaviour

Della Bennett from the University of Canterbury is currently researching Hutton’s shearwater foraging behaviour, food availability and prey distribution for her Ph.D.


Journal papers:

A comprehensive list can be viewed in the Hutton’s bibliography.

Genetic similarity of Hutton’s shearwaters (Puffinus huttoni) from two relict breeding populations.Hale, M., Harrow, G., Bradfield, P., Cubrinovska, I. & Holdaway, R.N. 2015. Notornis, Vol. 62: 130-134.

Post-translocation movements of pre-fledging Hutton’s shearwaters (Puffinus huttoni) within a newly established colony (Te Rae o Atiu) on the Kaikoura Peninsula. L. Rowe, 2014, Notornis, Vol. 61: 84-90.

Breeding success of Hutton’s shearwater in the Kowhai and Shearwater Stream colonies during the 2006/07 breeding season. M. Bell, 2014, Notornis.

Population trends, breeding success and predation rates of Hutton’s shearwater (Puffinus huttoni): a 20 year assessment. E. Sommer et al, 2009, Notornis, Vol. 56: 144-153.

A list of the chewing lice (Insecta: Mallophaga) from birds in New Zealand. R.L.C Pilgrim and R.L Palma, 1982, Notornis, Vol. 29.

Amendments and additions to the 1982 list of chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from birds in New Zealand. R. L. Palma, 1999, Notornis, Vol. 46: 373-387.

Monitoring Hutton’s shearwater 1986-1989. G. Sherley, 1992, Notornis Vol. 39: 249-261

Prelimary report on discovery of nesting site of Hutton’s shearwater. G. Harrow, 1965, Notornis, Vol: 12 (2).

Some observations of Hutton’s shearwater. G. Harrow, 1976, Notornis Vol. 23: 269-288.