Bay of Plenty Restoration Project

Following the devastating Rena oil spill in 2011, our three branches in the region have been working to improve the coastal birdlife around the Bay of Plenty region.

Since the start of the restoration project, the endangered NZ Dotterel in the region have been thriving. Photo: Dave Hallett

Since the start of the restoration project, the endangered NZ Dotterel in the region have been thriving. Photo: Dave Hallett

The project area stretches from Waihi beach to Waipoua and involves the restoration of key sites across the coastal area as well as a primary school educational programme.

The area is a hotspot for coastal birds with large populations of birds either visiting or residing in the wetlands and estuarine areas, such as our endangered NZ dotterel, Caspian tern, Black-billed gull.

To help restore threatened bird populations, twenty active volunteers conduct a variety of tasks year-round from bird-counts to weed and pest control.

During this two year monitoring period many key species have shown population increases, including numbers of our endangered New Zealand Dotterel with 22 different sites holding populations of over 200 birds.

If you would like to become involved in this project please contact, Julian Fitter on julianfitter@xtra.co.nz

The project is proudly supported by Forest & Bird, The Environment Enhancement Fund and Rena Recovery Grant.