Forest & Bird is an active voice in the Manawatu-Whanganui region for the protection of our rivers and wetlands, such as Manawatu River and Estuary, in particular protecting them from impacts of agriculture and pollution.

Manawatu Branch’s monthly meetings at Te Manawa, Palmerston North attract numbers of over 100, and its Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival informs people about everything from natural history to sustainable resource use.

Forest & Bird also manages projects at a number of reserves around the region, including Bushy Park near Whanganui. The reserve is fitted with a predator-proof fence in which native species including tieke and North Island robins thrive safe from predation by introduced pests. Visitors are welcome. In the Rangitikei region, members manage five more Forest and Bird reserves.