TALKS:  Please note: Unless otherwise stated talks are held on the second Wednesday of each month except for December and January.   The venue is Tahunanui School Hall, Muritai Street, Tahunanui. All talks start at 7:30pm.  Contributions for the sales table are most welcome. Gold coin donation please towards hall hire and supper. Car pool to minimise global footprint.

WALKS:  Please wear appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear and gear to cope with weather changes, take sun block, lunch, drinks and snacks.  Contact the Trip Leader for more information.  

For queries on any part of the programme contact or phone 5450989 


Saturday 28 October   Conservation Week event from 10am to 2pm 

‘Our Place: Our Nature’ Branford Park – Maitai Valley.   Forest and Bird along with many other organisations will be having an activities that families can be involved in on the day.


Sunday 5 November   Weedbusters Ronga Recreation Reserve, Rai Valley. 10am - 3pm

Come and support us at this reserve.  We have been awarded $60,000 over three years to help restore this valley floor forest.  We will be undertaking seedling privet and old man’s beard control.  Meet at the reserve at 10am returning about 3pm.  Please contact us for shared rides.  Tools provided.  Please bring lunch, water, stout footwear and warm clothes.  In case of postponement due to weather, phone 545 2431 on the morning of the day from 8am onward or for directions to find your own way there.   F&B have now planted 6000 trees as part of the long term management of this stunning treeland and forest, and it is home to our native bats.   email


Wednesday 8 November  Evening Talk by Richard Wells about Southern Buller’s albatross on The Snares -Tini Heke

Since 1969 there have been comparable censuses of these islands holding huge numbers of seabirds as well as other birds, many endemic to this island group.  The same can be said for plants and other animals.  The Snares has a unique set of biota, geology and ecology unmatched by any of the other sub-Antarctic islands.   Access to the Snares is highly restricted and so this is a unique chance to see and hear first-hand about what is there and how various key populations are monitored. This links to an article that followed the 2014 census.


Friday 10 - Sunday 12 November  South Island Gathering, Murchison

Predator Free NZ – Is it possible, and if so, what does it look like?
Nelson-Tasman is proud to host our gathering this year, focussing on one of the biggest issues for conservation.   We have an incredible suite of speakers talking about changing technologies, through to Battle for Our Birds results, and where Forest & Bird’s work fits in.   Rotoiti Mainland Island Project will give us the benefit of their long experience in battling predators on a large landscape scale.   Attendees will have the chance to question, consider and workshop how they can contribute to this bigger picture.   Craig Potton will deliver a slideshow presentation on Saturday evening.   Field trips include braided river bird count, pregathering raft trip, and post-gathering day-walk into Lake Matiri.   Members and supporters are welcome.   Register early – SH1 closure has meant accommodation is tight.   For more information and to register click here, or contact Julie or phone 03-545-0989.


Saturday 18 November   Dun Mountain Wilding Pine Removal

Forest and Bird will be helping Nelson Nature with the removal of wilding pines from the Dun Mountain mineral belt.  Work will be located about 1½ hr walk up the main Dun Mt track from the south branch of the Maitai River.   For those who haven’t been off track in the mineral belt before, it is thick scratchy scrub.   There is loose rock and it can be steep in places.   Wear long pants and good boots (gaiters helpful too).   We will pull small Douglas fir and if you have a folding saw that will be handy.   For more info contact Julie 5450989 or


Wednesday 14 February Evening Talk by Andrew Hamilton about Muck Diving

In tropical waters it is coral reefs that generally attract much of the attention of the underwater photographer - however in recent years there has been growing interest in a new area, that of tropical water 'muck' diving.   The latter gets its name from the sediment that lies at the bottom of many dive sites - a frequently muddy or "mucky" environment.   The term was first used to describe diving off the beaches made up of black sand in Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea - the "muck" substrate can be the habitat for unusual, exotic and juvenile organisms that make their homes in the sediment that compose a muck dive.   The environment of a typical muck dive has a very different ecology to the more well known tropical reef habitat.   In this talk Dr Andy Hamilton will present a colourful selection of photos and short films detailing the fascinating, bizarre and often outrageous inhabitants of muck dive sites in Bali and North Sulawesi in Indonesia.