North Canterbury

Lewis Tops © Mark Bridgwater

As one of the largest branches in New Zealand, the North Canterbury branch covers Canterbury north of the Rakaia River up into the heart of the Lewis Pass, from the sea to the Alps.

We regularly hold field trips as well as working bees at our projects Calder Green Reserve and Mahoe-nui Bush, as well as trips to our hut, Boyle Base, in Lewis Pass.

We also have a very active Kiwi Conservation Club for children who go on some fantastic field trips all over the region.

What We Do

Monthly Meetings

Come along to our monthly public meetings at the WEA in Christchurch, on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Guest speakers at our monthly talks discuss various environmental topics and issues.

Field Trips

We run regular field trips and volunteer days. Have a look at our programme of events to see if there is anything that tickles your fancy!

Stocker Scholarship

This grant offers research support for post-graduate students at the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University undertaking conservation or environmental related projects in Canterbury.

Our Projects

Boyle Base Stoat Trapping & Monitoring

We trap and monitor pests around Boyle Base Hut in Lewis Pass to protect local bird populations.

Calder Green Reserve

We're mainting this 'open sanctuary' to protect and enhance the indigenous flor and fauna of the area.

Mahoe-nui Bush Restoration Project

We plant trees, trap pests, and help to regenerate this patch of remnant forest above the Port Hills.

Advocacy

We often write submissions on important issues and have representatives on a number of boards and committees.

Volunteering

There are plenty of ways for you to get involved with our branch as a volunteer. 

We are always looking for help with our major projects, meetings, newlsetter, and fundraising.

You could help our branch by:

  • Joining our Committee
  • Attending our monthly meetings
  • Contributing to the branch newsletter
  • Participating in scheduled planting and plant maintenance days
  • Supporting pest control and weed eradication projects
  • Making a donation to Forest & Bird’s North Canterbury Branch
  • Helping with submissions, funding applications and monitoring

Read more about how to get involved.

The Latest

Email Newsletters

Subscribe to our email newsletter to stay up to date with our field trips, talks and campaigns. We'll also include articles of interest and ways you can help us to protect the environment. 

Facebook Group

Join our Canterbury-wide Facebook group to stay updated with environmental issues and activities in the region.

Calendars & Diaries

Support our branch by ordering a conservation diary or calendar, filled with stunning photos of native flora and fauna by leading nature photographers. 

Resources Page

Contains background information to our talks and other useful information.