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.
- 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.
- A Four-Wheel Drive Trip over the St Bathan's Range.
As we get closer to the time more information will be available for these trips, keep an eye on our branch page and newsletter!
Dr Rebeccca Stirnemann Visit in Wanaka
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.