South Canterbury

About Us

Our branch covers the areas from Rangitata to the Waitaki River. We currently have around 200 members.

To find out more about the South Canterbury branch, please contact Margaret McPherson on:

(03) 686 1494



Get Involved

Members get close and personal with a longtailed bat.

We hold monthly branch meetings on the third Thursday of every month (except January and December), at St. Johns Hall, Wai Iti Road, Timaru, commencing 7.30p.m.

Meetings are open to all who wish to attend, and often have a guest speaker on a conservation-related topic.



There are numerous opportunities to volunteer and get involved in projects around Canterbury. Volunteering is not only interesting and rewarding but it is also satisfying to know that you are making a difference.

An exciting lizard experience:

Our next opportunity for volunteering will be on Saturday 12th October at the Pit Rd Lizard Reserve at 1.30pm to around 4pm. There will be 270 local plants to be planted and this will start a season of work and development of this area.

Please contact Marg McPherson (03) 686 1494 or Justine (03) 688 8370 for more information. Or Gary Foster, Timaru District Council (03) 687 7274

90th Birthday Celebrations

South Canterbury Branch of Forest and bird will be celebrating 90 years at the Maungati Cherry Tree Blossom Spring Festival, Sunday 29th September 11 - 3.30p. There will be a pipe band, shared lunch, produce stalls, fun and games for the family, music throughout the day and a photographic display. The event will be held at Rongomaraeroa and Maungati Hall, Timaunga Rd, Rapid number 143.

Please call Marg McPherson (03) 686 1494 or Justine (03) 688 8370 for more information.

Love to see you there to celebrate with us on 90 years young!