Waikato

Our Waikato branches are working to protect the conservation estate from gold mining around the Coromandel Peninsula and restore the region's forest-lands from degradation by pests and weeds.

Our work is focused largely on three ancient stands of kauri forest. which contain some of our most threatened species, such as our Hochstetter's frog, Helm's butterfly and our North Island Brown Kiwi. 

On top of this, our branches are active on a range of projects and campaigns, from helping to set up a marine mammal sanctuary to protect Maui’s dolphins to advocating for increased pest control to protect the Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges.

The branches are also an active voice in the region for more sustainable agriculture, as farming practices have had a serious impact on our lakes, rivers and native forests in this area.

Forest & Bird members can get involved in a range of restoration projects throughout the region, for example monitoring at Maungatautari to help make sure this “mainland island” stays predator-free. 

For large-scale property owners wanted to create a wild-life friendly property, we have recently launched a scheme called "Land for Wildlife".  The program is based on the successful Land for Wildlife program which has been rolled out across Australia, involving over 15,500 properties.