As one of the largest branches in New Zealand, the North Canterbury branch covers Canterbury north of the Rakaia River up into the heart of the Lewis Pass, from the sea to the Alps.
We organise field trips to places of interest around the region. We have working bees at our projects Calder Green Reserve (on the lower Heathcote) and Mahoe-nui Bush (behind Sumner), The Sanctuary (on the side of the Waimakariri at the edge of Christchurch) and Middelmost Mudfish Restoration Project (near Oxford). Volunteers go to Boyle Base (in the Lewis Pass) to work on our trapping programme and to do other work in the area. We have an area in the Craigieburn which we clear wilding pines from and from 2018, we are working on Russell Lupin control in the Upper Waimakariri/Arthurs Pass area.
We have an active Kiwi Conservation Club for children who go on some fantastic field trips all over the region.
Our 2018-2019 Annual Report can be read here. This is a readable summary of the branch's activities for the previous year, including our projects, youth activities and advocacy work. The Annual Financial Report may be viewed here (Statement of Income and Expenditure) and here (Statement of Receipts and Payments.)
There are plenty of ways for you to get involved with our branch as a volunteer.
We are always looking for help with our major projects, meetings, newsletter, fundraising, and outreach to the community.
You could help our branch by:
- Joining our Committee
- Attending our public meetings
- Contributing to the branch newsletter
- Participating in scheduled planting and plant maintenance days
- Supporting pest control and weed eradication projects
- Making a donation to Forest & Bird’s North Canterbury Branch
- Helping with submissions, funding applications and monitoring
- And much more!