Land for Wildlife is a voluntary program which assists property owners to maintain and improve native habitats on their property by providing expert advice and recommended conservation actions.
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The program is based on the successful Land for Wildlife program which has been rolled out across Australia, involving over 15,500 properties.
Forest & Bird is piloting the program as part of the “Kaimai Connection” – a project to restore birdsong and native wildlife to a corridor of protection linking the Tauranga Harbour in the Bay of Plenty to the Waihou River in the Waikato.
The Land for Wildlife programme will also contribute to improving the health of Tauranga Harbour and Firth of Thames.
In recent times the program area has expanded to all of the Kaimai Mamaku Catchments. If you own or manage land in this area we’re interested in hearing from you. All types of properties are eligible, including:
- Lifestyle blocks
- School grounds
- Sport clubs and fields
- Business estates
- Public land e.g council reserves.
After the property is visited by a Land for Wildlife ecologist the landowner receives a property assessment report which includes a detailed conservation action plan. Land for Wildlife will provide continued support and encouragement, through newsletters, wildlife notes and invitations to workshops and field days.
Each landowners’ efforts will be recognised with either a “Working towards Land for Wildlife” or “Land for Wildlife” sign to display on their property.
Forest & Bird aims to have 60 properties on board by 2015, with a view to extending the programme to other areas of New Zealand.
A sister programme is also being launched for urban properties in the near future. The Gardens for Wildlife programme encourages people in urban areas to create wildlife friendly gardens through specific gardening practises such as:
- Planting native species that are local to the area
- Providing food and habitat plants for birds, lizards and insects
- Controlling pests such as rats and mice
- Removing weeds that could spread into wild areas
Gardens for Wildlife aims to create a network of wildlife-friendly spaces throughout urban environments, both on public and privately owned land.
If you would like to know more about the Land for Wildlife or Gardens for Wildlife programmes, please contact Central North Island Field Officer Al Fleming on firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 544 4987 or 021 988 295
Land for Wildlife is proudly supported by Biofunds, Waikato Regional Council and WWF NZ