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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Birdsong Wairarapa Conservation Projects aims to re-establish habitats for native birds in the Wairarapa through tree planting and habitat restoration.
The project is known as Reconnecting the Community and Donalds Creek to Lake Wairarapa. The project is focused on restoring a wetland on Donalds Creek to the north of Featherston (Harrison St Wetland) and native plants along the shoreline of Lake Wairarapa at Lake Domain as a way to enhance the health of Wairarapa Moana, to connect the townspeople to its catchment, to enhance environmental awareness, to build community, and to create worthwhile experiences and opportunities for our youth.
Piako Catchment Forum is a community led group in the heart of Matamata Piako and Hauraki Plains. The Forum is focused on the restoration of the Piako Catchment and its local communities. We are interested in developing and maintaining open communitcation, networking and education which supports the restoration and health of our whole catchment and communities.
Million Metres Streams Project (Million Metres) is a project of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). It is a partnership with the Department of Conservation. Its mission is to assist the planting of one million metres of New Zealand waterway with native plants and trees.
We help landowners and local groups set up and run crowdfunding campaigns for their riparian planting projects. Suitable projects are showcased on the Million Metres crowdfunding website. People learn about these projects and donate to them. We also promote the projects through media and on social media.
Project address: Build a trail which links Pauanui and Tairua and plant either side of trail to provide more habitat for birds.
Activities: Weed control, pest control and planting
Project aim: Partially restore native vegetation cover to enhance native biodiversity and enable the natural process to take over.
Activities: weed control and planting
Project aim: Enhance the waters and replenish the toanga of the Puniu River
Activities: weed control fencing planting
The group plants areas that were grass or weeds with plants raised from eco-sourced seed by another volunteer group (Friends of the Waikanae River). We weed the areas we have planted and also earlier plantings and we weed areas of existing bush. We also remove seedlings and saplings of weed trees species including species not native to the local area.