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Project type:
Conservation project
Branches involved:
Regions involved:
South Island
Mohua Craig McKenzie

Credit: Craig McKenzie

The Central Otago branch of Forest and Bird 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 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.

Our projects:

1) 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.

2) Inspecting and making submissions in response to tenure reviews of high country properties.

3) Arranging weekly weed-control and native planting on the foreshore of Lake Hawea

4) Weed-clearing and replanting in the Lindis Pass reserve

5) Numerous Planting Events and Wildling Pine Control Efforts


Increasing concern over the dwindling mohua population at Makarora led the Central Otago – Lakes Branch of Forest & Bird to establish a predator trapping programme in 1998, in conjunction with DoC. Trap lines were set out along the Bridle Track below Haast Pass, and around the Blue Pools tracks. In the ensuing 20 years, the programme has increased its trapping network and now operates 400 rat, stoat and possum traps on 10 lines, with two 100-m trap grids covering areas with particularly high biodiversity values.

The programme is guided by a Makarora Predator Control Operational Plan, developed by DoC and F&B in 2017.

Fit and field-capable volunteers, with some tramping experience are required to maintain these traps.

Located in the Upper Clutha Wanaka/Hawea area.

Time Commitment:

Hours are flexible and weather dependent for one or two days a month, however ideally volunteers are not restricted to weekends, as hours are flexible and weather-dependant: one or two days a month.

Skills required:

Practical skills with tools would be handy.

Skills gained:

We hope volunteers will enjoy being part of Forest and Bird, meeting other like-minded volunteers, spending time out in the fresh air and contributing the the improvement of their local environment.

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening

Project or Reserve contact

Ben Goddard

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