Waikato

About Us

The Waikato branch extends from Port Waikato and Huntly in the north; west to Raglan and Kawhia; east to the Kaimai Ranges and Matamata; south to Otorohanga.

The area is a mosaic of landscapes: west coast beaches, hilly country with pockets of remnant forest and regenerating reserves, volcanoes, crops, pasture, rivers and wetlands.

Currently, the Waikato branch has over 600 members.

Branch Activities

  • Annual native plant sale
  • Pest and weed control
  • Track maintenance in Walter Scott and Morgan Reserves
  • Monthly Sunday walk to an area of interest
  • Family camps at Easter and Labour Weekend to interesting natural areas
  • Evening guest speaker every second month
  • Monthly branch committee meetings
  • Advocacy on environmental and conservation issues
  • Funding for environmental projects or students’ research through the Valder Grants

Get involved

Your participation is more than welcome.

You can help out with pest and weed control, clearing tracks on reserves, joining tramps and overnight trips, planting native trees, raising funds for endangered species and much more.

Check out our newsletters for specific information and get involved!

When people join Forest and Bird they are added to their local branch mailing list and will receive a welcome and introductory letter and branch newsletters, informing them of branch activities.

 

Branch Issues

A number of species are under serious threat of extinction in the Waikato. Loss of habitat due to dairy farming, accidents with fishing boats along the coast and invader predatory pests are the main impacts to the local wildlife.

The most critically endangered of the known species is the Maui’s Dolphin; there may be as few as 120 individuals left.

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