Southland Ecological Restoration Network (SERN) is a network of Southland people “bringing back the natives”. The aim is to promote the restoration of native ecological sites in Southland. Our website features a number of local restoration projects, with contact information and photos for each project. There is also at least one field day a year to bring people involved in restoration together, to encourage and share knowledge and also celebrate all the good work going on around Southland.
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Our goals are to:
- Provide a network for information exchange on sustainable management of coastal environments
- Facilitate research on New Zealand coastal environments
- Promote public awareness of proven methods for protection, restoration, conservation and sustainable management of coastal environments
To achieve these goals we:
Project aim: Partially restore native vegetation cover to enhance native biodiversity and enable the natural process to take over.
Activities: weed control and planting
Needles Eye is a small reserve on Birkenhead Point, Auckland. The small bay north-west of the point was known to locals from the early 20th century as Willow Bay. Needles Eye is an old pah site recorded as an archaeological site in the Auckland Unitary Plan. Needles Eye and Willow Bay are on the west side of Little Shoal Bay and adjacent to the old site of Clement Wragge's Waiata Tropical Gardens and Residence with various species of palm trees. The site is subject to wind erosion. A wide range of weed species are distributed over the reserve and adjacent land.
Project aim: Dune restoration
Activities: Planting and access management
Parties involved: Local landowners and Waikato Regional Council Beachcare
Project aim: Planting restoration of fore dune and back dune
Activities: Weed control, pest control and planting
Parties involved: Private landowners and Waitomo District Council
Our vision is for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth | Kāore he wāhi i tua atu i a Aotearoa, hei wahi noho i te ao. Our vision means ensuring that New Zealanders gain a wide range of benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and through living our history.
To do this, we organise our work around five outcomes:
Aim of group: Undertake animal pest control, plant and maintain forest and bush reserves around Coromandel. Provide advocacy for kauri dieback prevention and marine health around the coastal area of Coromandel.
Aim: Control possums, mustelids, hedgehogs, rats and reduce the spread of mangrove seedlings
Activities: Animal pest control and consent to remove mangrove seedlings
Parties involved: Local landowners