IELTS LISTENING – Birds in New Zealand S57T4
Birds in New Zealand
Birds in New Zealand
Forests that serve as a habitat for thousands of birds can be entirely eradicated to make fields for crops or to provide wood for construction having a disastrous impact. It is not only the human influence that threatens the future of many bird species. Since many predatory animal species have flourished in New Zealand. One of these species is the maintained snake which was introduced from Australia and has decimated the population of Kildeer Birds. These birds nest on the ground and often return to find that their Q35 eggs have been devoured by the egg-eating snakes.
One cannot dismiss of course the pressure that nature itself imposes on the survival of many bird species. Natural disasters such as Q36 storms can be devastating tearing apart forests and leaving thousands of destroyed nests in their wake. Monsoons flood the rivers and often drown many of the flightless bird species that are unable to escape. Unfortunately, the greatest threat to bird numbers in New Zealand is illegal hunting, which is almost impossible to prevent. Many endangered bird species are on display at the National Zoo, and it is essential that urgent measures are taken to protect them. The zoo recently employed an expert in bird protection, who recommended that they should employ a Q37 guard to protect their birds from poachers. The expert also pointed out that the birds can become very stressed in situations where the public are able to approach them too closely. Suggesting that the administration install Q38 fense Network to keep the public a safe distance away from the birds despite this threat to birds in captivity it is the freely roaming birds that are most at risk. Efforts are being made to educate people on how they can contribute towards protecting birds that are living in the Q39 wild. Finally, research has shown that one of the most effective methods of informing the public on the importance of protecting the bird populations is through the Q40 media.
I advise you all to read the articles written on this topic in specialist journals. And also carry out research on the internet each and every one of you could make an enormous contribution to the protection of birds if you put your mind to it.
KATE: How do you find the theoretical aspect of the schoolwork?
JAMES: I find the Practical work far more interesting but my tutors are really enthusiastic and I get on well with my classmates which makes the lessons a lot more enjoyable. Also, I recently found out that I can Q22 complete the theoretical aspects of the course within one year because of the Practical experience I’m getting.
KATE: Wow, that’s great.
JAMES: I know I was so relieved. I find the theory pretty hard to understand so I was really worried about taking it for another year.
KATE: Do you get assessed every term or just once at the end of each Academic Year?
JAMES: No there’s an assessment every turn which is great because it really takes the pressure off. In the first term, it’s really relaxed you conduct your own experiments on your topic of choice and then everyone in your Q23 class assesses each other as a practical exercise. It’s just a shame that practical experience doesn’t count towards the grades.
KATE: Yes, that’s true.
JAMES: Anyway enough about me. What are you studying?
KATE: Oh, I’m not sure what I want to study yet but I’ve been making inquiries about the English language course.
JAMES: Do you know what career path you’re interested in following?
KATE: Since Spanish is my first language I thought that studying English would be really beneficial if I decided to apply for a job in England I really enjoy art and I’m very creative but I don’t think that becoming an artist is a very practical choice, I was thinking of using my passion for art in a different way like Q24 working as a curator in an art exhibition for example.
JAMES: Wow that sounds really interesting. I think you’d be good at that.
KATE: The problem is that the course is very expensive as you have to buy materials yourself and they don’t offer any scholarships to cover expenses. I need to order a Q25 catalog of the courses on offer so I can see if there are any other modules that might perhaps be cheaper to study.
JAMES: Luckily the courses don’t start until September, so at least you have plenty of time to get organized.
KATE: I can’t believe I have to wait until September I’m already so excited about starting.
JAMES: What other art focused modules could you choose from?
KATE: History of Art Is My First Choice since there isn’t so much expense involved I think it would be really interesting as they invite a number of Q26 guest lecturers from across the globe to speak on specialist subjects.
JAMES: That sounds great. What about sculpture?
KATE: Well sculpture looked like a really suitable option at first since it’s the easiest course but again the utensils and materials are provided so you have to spend a Q27 lot of money on supplies. I’m also considering the option of digital painting. There isn’t much reading involved and the accommodation is located inside the studio. So you would never have to worry about commuting.
JAMES: Commuting is such an inconvenience so that’s definitely a big Advantage. What do you think of art Theory?
KATE: That’s definitely an option for me there are no exams as you Q28 get assessed on your coursework and Q29 research is conducted independently. So you can work from home which is really convenient. The only other option is photography, but I’m not so keen on that.
JAMES: Why not?
KATE: I’ve just never really been interested in it and I see it more as a medium for documentation, rather than an art form. You’re also required to buy one of those really Q30 expensive cameras with a digital display and microfocus capabilities, which I can’t afford.
JAMES: Well let me know what course you decide on.
KATE: I will thanks for talking it over with me.
JAMES: No problem, see you later.
A major drawback of our previous Hotel complex was that there was no room for an on-site helicopter Port. Which meant that our most important guests were forced to commute from the local airport. As we were unable to construct a suitable facility on the Eastern side we have constructed a large heliport to the north. Guests wishing to stretch their legs after a long flight can simply head south to the Q13 tennis courts for a match on our splendidly manicured courts. Now if you look in front of you there’s a Q14 swimming pool in the center equipped with slides and a diving board which is the main feature of the new complex and is overlooked by all of the other buildings. We have decided to maintain the family-friendly status of our original Hotel however from guests we have come to realize that parents also enjoy time to relax without having to look after their children, therefore we have constructed a the fun Q15 play center where parents can leave their children with a trained childminder and take some time for themselves. This facility is located just to the north of the swimming pool and is covered with a small canopy to protect the children from the Sun. Many of our working guests will require access to a quiet space for work if you direct them just sat at the swimming pool they will discover our Q16 conference center which comes complete with meeting rooms, offices, and Wi-Fi access. In order to access the Wi-Fi network they should simply report to the information desk where an assistant will provide them with a personal password. This desk is situated Just Between the conference center and the beach.
Finally, the complex also contains a large Q17 Sports Center where guests can enjoy our gym facilities and take part in sessions for yoga and Pilots. Overlooking the swimming pool from the southeast the center offers stunning views of the entire complex and across the ocean.
Next, I would like to discuss our new restaurant which is run by the award-winning Chef Alberto Brava. Every week he will offer a new menu of fresh seafood such as crab and sea bass, which has been caught that day by local fishermen. The daily menu will include a range of organic meats and vegetables freshly grilled on the Q18 barbecue served with a selection of specially prepared sauces and spices. There is no menu specifically for vegetarians however there will be a large range of grilled vegetables for them to choose. The hotel now has a selection of Suites to cater to our more Discerning guests and provide for special occasions. As these sweets are finely decorated with furniture and paintings they are not suitable for families with children. Art Tiki Suite is the finest of them all it is likely to ornate for business people but would be perfect for couples on their honeymoon who may even Q19 have been married in the hotel.
Finally I would like to share some exciting news our hotel has won awards in the past for its fantastic service however we have just won the Q20 prestigious green award for our efforts in reducing our carbon footprint, the award will be proudly displayed in the restaurant facility where it can be admired by our guests and staff alike.
Well here we are back at our starting point the information desk.
MAN: Right and could you give me a contact number? Which we can use to reach you during the week.
WOMAN: My mobile phone number is Q1 077876345.
MAN: Okay great. How can I help you today Anna?
WOMAN: I ordered a large number of items from you last week on the 20th of Q2 February and was expecting them to be delivered on the Q2 27th. However, only half of the shipment has arrived I just want to make sure that they haven’t been lost in transit.
MAN: Right, okay I’m sorry for the inconvenience, let me track the parcel and see if I can find out when you should expect to receive the rest of your items. And what did you list as a delivery address?
WOMAN: I arranged for the parcel to be delivered from your Warehouse on Ardell Road to my work address at 235 akandale Road.
MAN: What was it, sorry?
WOMAN: 235 akandale Road. Q3 A-k-e-n-d-a-l-e.
MAN: East C.
WOMAN: Yes, East Sea.
MAN: Right okay. I found your parcel here on our system. I can see that you’ve received your shipment. However, nothing is mentioned about the missing items. I would advise that you wait for two days and if the other items don’t arrive then it may be necessary for you to claim insurance coverage for the value of the items. How much are the missing items worth?
WOMAN: They cost me 34,500 dollars.
MAN: Well, the insurance company will cover you for ten percent of the value so you could claim Q4 3,450 from them, just fill in the form on our website. And when the loss is confirmed you’ll receive the money within one week. We will refund the rest of the money to you within a month. So you won’t suffer a financial loss.
WOMAN: That sounds fine.
MAN: I’ll just need to take a list of the missing items from you. So we can check it against our records. Is that okay?
WOMAN: Sure, no problem. Unfortunately, I lost the items are one of a kind and therefore Irreplaceable there were some small items such as lamps and chairs. That aren’t very valuable however there was a large item of antique furniture, and a bag for a first edition Q5 books which were among the first ever to be printed on a press.
MAN: Right, okay. Is there anything else?
WOMAN: Yes, I also purchased a Victorian rocking course for my daughter. Some large oil Q6 paintings originating from the Edwardian period and a few decorative fruit bowls.
MAN: Right, okay. I’ve taken a list of your missing items so I’ll phone the warehouse to see if any of them are lying around.
WOMAN: Ah, I almost forgot there were a couple of other pieces that I’ve spotted on your website and would like to order. Can I do that now?
MAN: Of course, no problem. Can you give me a description of the items that you’re looking to purchase?
WOMAN: There was a gold clock and a golden-framed vintage Q7 mirror.
MAN: Okay perfect. I’ll charge the items to the payment card that you used before and they should be delivered to you within the next week. Is there anything else, that I can do for you today?
WOMAN: Yes to the items that I received in the shipment are damaged, so I need to make a claim for a partial refund.
MAN: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. I need to take down a few details of the actual damage over the phone. Before you put in a full report, can you tell me which pieces are damaged?
WOMAN: A draw is missing from the antique mahogany Q8 desk and there is also a dent on one of the corners so it’s unusable.
MAN: I see. Any idea of the price of repairing it?
WOMAN: No well, I don’t think it can be repaired. I will need a new one.
MAN: Okay, I’ll make a note of that and we’ll see what we can do. Anything else?
WOMAN: I also purchased a set of dining chairs with navy leather padding. However, the color is faded and one of the Q9 leg has completely split down the middle.
MAN: Okay, are there any other damaged pieces?
WOMAN: Yes, I purchased a set of Chinese Crockery to furnish my dining room table. However, when I open the box I found that a cup was missing and that some Q10 plates had smashed, four actually.
MAN: And is that all of the items?
WOMAN: Yes, I think that’s all.
MAN: Right. I’ll calculate the value of the damaged items and we’ll issue you a refund.
WOMAN: Okay, thank you so much for your help.
MAN: No problem at all, it was my pleasure. Goodbye.