Dunedin enjoys an invaluable natural heritage, boasting a rare diversity of landscapes, habitats and wildlife. This should not be taken for granted and our mission is to help safeguard this special environment for future generations.
We work together with local stakeholders to secure, regenerate and preserve areas of regional ecological importance, lead conservation projects that protect native species and control invasive alien species in sensitive areas.
We help to shape environmental laws through our submissions to local, regional and central governments on conservation issues that matter to Dunedin and coastal Otago communities.
We raise public awareness about local conservation issues through guest speaker talks, field trips and KCC activities for kids.
The Branch is presently working on a range of conservation projects in and around Dunedin.
Bring Back the Seabirds
Dunedin is a seabird capital. 11 species breed within close proximity to the city and 19 species frequent shoreline waters. Our Bring Back the Seabirds project aims to enhance remnant breeding populations on the Otago coast and re-establish breeding species thought to be present at the time of the first human arrival.
Tautuku Ecological Restoration
Our branch is working with Forest & Bird's South Otago and Southland branches to conduct landscape-scale conservation in and around Tautuku, in the Catlins.
Forest Restoration at Moore's Bush
We are working to restore Moore's Bush, a 4-hectare nature reserve in the Leith Valley. Our current focus is tree planting, removing exotic weeds, and maintaining the tracks and fences.
Wilding Conifer Control
We are part of the Dunedin Wilding Pine Removal group, which focuses on managing wildling pines in and around Dunedin. Our goal is to supplement the efforts of other groups, attacking local wildings that have a high environmental impact.
Kererū Recovery project
Project Kererū is a voluntary community-based conservation project that is changing the fate of sick and injured kererū in Dunedin and surrounding areas.
We are always eager for new volunteers and members. If you wish to get involved in conservation in and around Dunedin, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Beatrice Lee.
We are currently looking for...
- Keen, committed volunteers to join 12 active members on the Branch Committee, which meets monthly.
- Parents who can volunteer to help re-energise the local KCC branch and help to organize local nature events for children. If you are one of these fabulous parents, we want to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org).