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South Otago

Brown Creeper
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Brown Creeper. Photo: Alzira Alaniz

South Island
Yellow eyed penguin, Photo: Craig Mckenzie

Yellow eyed penguin, Photo: Craig Mckenzie

South Otago branch helps with the protection and restoration of the unique lowland and coastal ecosystems of the southeastern part of the South Island, especially in the spectacular Catlins region.

Branch members and supporters care passionately about New Zealand’s unique natural environment and want to ensure that its taonga are protected for future generations. We highlight the living things that make The Catlins so special and explain the dangers that they face: ongoing damage caused by introduced species, habitat loss and degradation, and the looming threat of climate change.

South Otago Branch was formed in 1978, largely as a response to concerns about the widespread destruction of Catlins native forest. The fledgling branch took on an advocacy role, and also became involved in growing native plants and in yellow-eyed penguin conservation – activities that continue to this day.

The branch now undertakes a wide range of projects, and is keen to become involved with community members in predator control, plant propagation, ecological restoration, biodiversity monitoring, and just generally working for nature.

Although South Otago is one of Forest & Bird’s smallest branches, it is also one of the most active. We’ve introduced a flexible format for our monthly meetings, which are often combined with a working bee in our native plant nursery. All members are encouraged to take part, and non-members who care about the environment are always welcome to join us.

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Click on the link below to download a brochure that outlines our activities and provides contact details.

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