Biodiversity programmes focused within the Makarora catchment
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Our group is working towards making Waima to Laingholm pest free. Our initial efforts have been focused on possum control, with the intention to use this as a base to expand to control of other pests. The control area encompasses approximately 800 Hectares, with a 50/50 split between Public and Private land owners. With the Manukau Harbour to the south, the boundary (shown in yellow) runs from the edge of Symonds Bay on the west, along Exhibition Drive to the north, then back down Huia Road to Muddy Creek on the east.
The Cashmere Stream Care Group was initiated in 2006 as part of Environment Canterbury’s Living Streams Programme. Our Committee has a broad range of experience, knowledge and expertise ranging from aquatic ecology to historical knowledge of the stream and its catchment. We meet regularly, and anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and help with stream restoration and monitoring.
The Drayton Reserve Volunteers, a group of about 120 locals, started in April 2016 with the aim of working with the Council to return the Drayton Reserve to its original forest and other vegetative cover, for conservation, passive recreation and educational purposes, especially for the local community. This will include accelerating native plantings, improving the streambed and water quality, reducing soil erosion, increasing the populations of native birds, lizards, fish and insects, controlling litter and animal and plant pests and improving tracks and facilities.
We are a new community group formed with the vision of restoring our native birds to the Eastern Bays of Auckland. By removing pests and creating bird friendly habitat, we aim to create an urban sanctuary alive with bellbirds, kaka, and kakariki.
The Waitaki Branch of Forest and Bird has a number of active programmes including growing native plants, planting native plants at Fenwick Park and Cape Wanbrow, organising beach clean ups, organising field trips to local sites of interest and inviting guest speakers along to talk about the environment and conservation. We have around 80 members.
Waihora Ellesmere Trust (WET) is a community organisation dedicated to the improvement of the health and biodiversity of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere and its catchment.
To bring back bird song into Little Bay and re-connect land people and well being through a predator free future
Activities: Weed control pest control
Parties involved: Land owners, iwi, Good Nature and Predator Free NZ
A community group led by locals who care about their harbour, its streams and wetlands, and the plants and animals that make these habitats their home. The group has a vision of connecting their harbour to its streams, wetlands and people, through restoring native biodiversity and creating access for walkers, cyclists and picnicers alike.
Preserve protect, maintain and retore the wetland, domain and back dune system.
Activities: Weed control and pest control
Parties involved: Landowners, ratepayers and residents, Department of Conservation