Forest and Bird works on a range of projects and advocacy work throughout the Southern hemisphere and beyond.
Our migratory birds cross numerous country lines when they’re jet-setting across the world. So we’re part of a worldwide organisation called Birdlife International that ensures they’re safe every step of the way. Providing them with food-filled stopping stations, or better still protected breeding grounds is a key focus for Forest & Bird. We help to protect local wetlands, feeding grounds and breeding sites for our migratory birds, such as our Albatross and our Hutton’s shearwater.
Each year, we take a handful of volunteers to Vatthe Conservation Area in Vanuatu to tackle the weed “big leaf vine”, which is smothering much of the native forest there. Once this super creeper gets a toehold in a forest, it can quickly dominate the forest by sending out a network of ground-hugging vines. It is capable of growing up and over trees that are over 25 metres high.
Forest & Bird is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. This organisation helps to find pragmatic solutions to environmental problems. One of its key tasks is to prevent the rampant loss of biodiversity - the variety of animals, plants, their habitats and their genes - on which so much of human life depends. It is estimated that the current species extinction rate is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than it would naturally be. The main cause for this loss are:
- farming and urban development,
- invasive alien species,
Forest & Bird works on a local to national level to advocate for our many creatures, and the wild places they call home.
Antarctic & Southern Ocean
Tourists, bio-prospectors and fishers are now descending onto this great white continent and its seas in great numbers putting increasing pressure on its fragile eco-systems. Increasingly, the scientific drive to build a picture of this utterly unique and delicately balanced ecosystem is being hindered by efforts to exploit the extreme-philes and deep-sea fish that live in these climes. We’re working to ensure that this undeveloped wilderness is not exploited in a way that will harm the unique polar creatures that reside in this special part of the world.