Ronga Reserve is an important lowland alluvial podocarp forest in the broader Te Hoiere/Pelorus catchment. It is ranked highly as a restoration site, with towering totara and matai, surrounded on three sides by valley streams with oxbow wetlands and springs, and is home to endangered long-tailed bats.
Forest & Bird have been working collaboratively with Marlborough Branch to restore the alluvial forest that has been affected by past tree-felling and grazing. We are involved with replanting 1000 trees every year, weeding, and monitoring bat populations. This is a long term project of very high value, and we are pleased to work closely with the Department of Conservation and adjoining landowners.