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Central Otago Lakes

Mohua Craig McKenzie
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Credit: Craig McKenzie

South Island


Our Vision

A tui sits on a harakeke (flax) bush, its head covered in pollen from drinking nectar

Harakeke (flax) is a great source of food for nectar-loving birds like the tūī. Credit: Craig McKenzie.

The branch is active in numerous projects related to the conservation of native flora and fauna, and the preservation of valuable natural landscape features.

The branch is represented in several other groups with related interests in conservation and public access to the high country, to the Clutha River and to reserves containing flora and fauna of special interest.

Our projects

  • An ongoing participation with the Department of Conservation in a stoat control project in the Makarora Valley, to protect a breeding area of the native Mohua (Yellowhead) and other native birds.
  • Inspecting and making submissions in response to tenure reviews of high country properties;
  • Arranging weekly weed-control and native planting on the foreshore of Lake Hawea;
  • Weed-clearing and replanting in the Lindis Pass reserve;
  • Numerous Planting Events and Wildling Pine Control Efforts

Branch Program / Field Excursions

The Central Otago-Lakes branch committee arranges an annual programme of talks and visits to areas of interest, including both one-day and two-day trips. These take us to places as near as the Old Man Range and as distant as Doubtful Sound.

This year (2018 - 2019) there are plans to:

- Explore local Fungi, Flora and Fauna on a day excursion.'Fungal Fora' 

- View White Heron on a day trip (November)

- Four Wheel Drive Trip over the St Bathan's Range

- A Spring Boating Trip on Lake Wanaka

- Four Wheel Drive Trip through the Motatapu

- Trip to Cluden / Lauder

- Four Wheel Drive Trip to the Old Man Range (sub alpine flowers) (December)

As we get closer to the time more information will be available for these trips, keep an eye on our branch page and newsletter!

Past Events

Kevin Hackwell Talk - 17th July 2019

Kevin, the Chief Conservation Advisor for Forest & Bird visited Wanaka and gave a talk concerning the future of pest control in relation to New Zealand's "Mega Mast" events.


Braided River Pest Control Talk - Glenorchy

The Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust is hosting a talk about braided river birds and pest control. Everyone is invited to come to Glenorchy Hall, 7pm Friday 23rd November, to hear from Dean Nelson of DOC Twizel, who will be talking about pest control on Tasman River. This very successful programme is aimed at saving the endangered black stilt - kaki,  as well as other braided river birds - black fronted terns and black billed gulls.

Peninsula Bay Reserve

Peninsula Bay Reserve

Peninsula Bay Reserve Field Trip

On the 23rd of September 2018 we hosted a field trip of the Peninsula Bay North Reserve in Wanaka.



Know the Enemy Workshop

Know the Enemy

Courtesy of Alpine Research 'Stoating Around'

On July the 14th Central Otago Lakes Branch of Forest & Bird hosted an array of guests for a trapping workshop in Wanaka. In total 13 speakers were present at the event providing insight on a range of topics including animal behaviours, trapping methods and the human effort put into managing projects for the future. Special thanks goes to Andrew Penniket for organising the workshop.

Dr Rebecca Stirnemann Visit

Dr Rebecca Stirnemann

Dr Rebecca Stirnemann setting up a remote bird monitoring recorder in an alpine area

In June 2018 the branch hosted Dr Rebecca Stirnemann in Wanaka. During the week she made several visits to schools and spoke at a public forum. Her talk foccussed on her work in Samoa and her input to the recent legal case of the Motiti Island Trust v The Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Rebecca also visited Makaroa and advised on the possibility of remote monitoring of bird populations.


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