About Us

Nelson-Tasman Forest & Bird covers the areas between Pelorus Bridge in Marlborough and Takaka Hill in Tasman.

We currently have 475 members, people of all ages and backgrounds drawn together by their love of the environment.

We hold monthly branch meetings with guest speakers, to which anyone is welcome. Unless otherwise stated in our programme, meetings are held at Tahunanui School Hall, Muritai Street, Tahunanui, commencing at 7:30pm.

To find out more please contact Gillian Pollock on:

(03) 540 2748


Pauline Samways who died recently was instrumental in organising the annual ‘Welcome to the godwits’ and ‘Farewell to the godwits’ in Motueka. Pauline was a true teacher dedicated to informing and educating and in recent years spreading the word about the importance of New Zealand bird life and its habitats. A few years ago she obtained a scholarship so as to take 6 months off teaching to study the Motueka sand spit.  It was the first such systematic study of the spit and drew attention to the many threats to the birdlife and its habitats. As a follow-on she organised an annual ‘dogs’ breakfast’ when dogs and owners attended a Saturday breakfast session at the base of the spit and learnt about the birds that use it and their need to feed and breed in safety.

When in full health Pauline used her energy and friendly enthusiasm to benefit her community and local wildlife. Her legacy will be remembered for a long time to come.

Get Involved

Our exciting programme of talks, activities and trips caters for all ages and abilities.

Talk topics are as varied as eels, fungi, photography, kakapo, rocks and fossils, tenure review, and wild rivers.

Trips include beach and forest walks, tree planting, bird watching, and fossil finding.

Guests are always welcome! Come join us!


Paremata Flats Reserve planting and weeding days

Come and join in planting and weeding days at Paremata Flats Reserve.  For more information on the project and how to get there click here

In order  to spread the fundraising dollar, we are also potting up seedlings of canopy species for this project.
We are looking for people who may be keen to help with this and be able to look after some of these trees in their back yard for 1 to 2 years, all that will be required will be to ensure they are watered and weeded. Contact



Occasional weedbusting sessions are held on private land to assist owners to control invasive weeds on their bush blocks.  Contact Mike or Debs



Local Projects

Projects our Branch is involved with include:
Bat survey — for long and short-tailed native bats.
Paremata Reserve — pest control and replanting of this remnant coastal forest.  Contact Ian (03) 545 9018.
Raumanuka Reserve Motueka — weed control, replanting to restore health of this coastal reserve.   Contact Beth (03) 5285212

Tapu Bay Restoration Project - sand dune restoration in the Motueka area.  Contact Paul (03) 528 9599.