The 930 members of the Waikato Branch carry out conservation activities in a region of great ecological importance. The Waikato has seen its wetlands and forests largely reduced since the arrival of European settlers, mainly due to logging and farming.
Activities of the branch include reserve management, native plant sales, fund raising for conservation projects and educational bush walks.
Sites of Interest
Rare wildlife can be found on two internationally protected wetlands in the Waikato: the Kopuatai Peat Dome and the Whangamarino Swamp.
The Waikato contains a mosaic of landscapes - from extinct volcanic ranges to forest remnants.
Your participation is more than welcome. You can help out with pest and weed control, clearing tracks on reserves, joining tramps and overnight trips, planting native trees, raising funds for endangered species and much more. Check out our newsletters for specific information and get involved!
A number of species are under serious threat of extinction in the Waikato. Loss of habitat due to dairy farming, accidents with fishing boats along the coast and invader predatory pests are the main impacts to the local wildlife.
The most critically endangered of the known species is the Maui’s Dolphin; there may be as few as 120 individuals left.