By Fergus Sutherland, Papatowai conservationist The South East Marine Protection Forum, of which I was a member, was asked to obtain a consensus on a network of marine protection mechanisms, including full marine reserves, for the range of marine habitats on the coast and out to the 12 nautical mile limit between Timaru and Waipapa […]
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By Nicky Snoyink, Forest & Bird Canterbury/West Coast Regional Manager If you have ever been lucky enough to visit the Southern Alps alpine zone, you will be familiar with some of the 750+ native alpine plants species, subspecies and varieties and associated native animals that live there. You may have even seen a Himalayan tahr […]
Delaying freshwater reform would be a disastrous step backwards and could be the final nail in the coffin for our rivers, lakes and wetlands New Zealand is blessed with water. Fresh water flows from our snow and glacier-clad mountains, through our farms and cities, to the sea. Rivers have deep cultural values and one, the […]
Forest & Bird Youth has written to the Prime Minister, joining many other eNGOs in calling for nature to be a top priority for the Government in the recovery from COVID-19. Right now, New Zealand is facing a public health crisis: COVID-19. This crisis has caused the loss of jobs for many New Zealanders, and […]
Forest & Bird has published a three-year plan for nature ahead of September’s general election. New Zealanders love nature and want to protect it. It is part of our identity, the foundation of our economy, and what makes this country special. In fact, nature is at the heart of everything we do. But it has […]
The announcement of funding for three conservation pest control projects in Northland, while great news masks the fact that the majority of Northland native forests on conservation land have no meaningful and consistent large scale pest control. On private land thankfully, pest control is expanding. The funding announced will expand ground based pest control […]
By David Brooks Bigger and better than ever, our Bird of the Year contest had it all in 2019. Relentless mockery between campaign teams, a neck-and-neck race to the finish line between two flightless treasures and priceless publicity for our native birds and the threats they face. Nearly 43,500 New Zealanders voted between October 28 […]
New Zealand’s longest-running conservation magazine has just been added to the National Library’s Papers Past website. The first two decades of Forest & Bird’s nearly 100-year-old magazine are now available online, spanning the period before the Great Depression to the end of World War II (1924-1945). These magazines document the fledgling society’s earliest conservation campaigns […]
Auckland Council is currently consulting on the future reopening of tracks in the Waitākere Ranges, which were closed to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease. Forest & Bird believes that if council focuses on building high quality tracks which stop the movement of any soil, and that they only open tracks that are on […]