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1 July 2015
Biodiversity protection and restoration projects sites
View locations of biodiversity protection and restoration projects on Canterbury maps.
30 June 2015
Canterbury Biodiversity Mid Winter Update
Some of the biodiversity projects happening across the Canterbury region.
22 May 2015
Willow control at Tutaepatu accelerated
Continuing low water levels have allowed grey willow control at Tutaepatu Lagoon near Woodend Beach to be sped up - to the benefit of native species.
21 May 2015
Endangered gulls need protection
An aerial survey of endangered black-billed gulls has found a super-colony of some 10,000 birds nesting.
7 May 2015
Luck turns for endangered birds
A five-year programme to trap predators of black-fronted terns starts at three breeding colonies beside the upper Clarence River this winter.
14 April 2015
New biodiversity sites
Check out the new biodiversity project sites information on Canterbury Maps.
12 March 2015
Nutrient and biodiversity management key focuses at Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee Meeting
The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee will meet on Monday 16 March in Culverden for its monthly water management meeting.
1 December 2014
Ashburton River access – some people never learn
Environment Canterbury today expressed outrage at the removal of a structure designed to protect endangered black-billed gulls (tarāpunga) on the Ashburton River/Hakatere. The latest incident, on the weekend of 29 November, closely followed something similar only two weeks earlier.
Canterbury Biodiversity Update – December 2014 (pdf 603 kB)
This newsletter is to keep you up to date on what’s happening with Environment Canterbury biodiversity funding and to hear about some of the great projects going on.
27 November 2014
Driven to plant trees at Coalgate farm
North Canterbury farmers Roger and Francie Taylor are planting trees along a polluted stream running through their property at Coalgate, upstream of the Selwyn River and Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.
19 November 2014
Living Springs protects environment
Living Springs Christian camp and convention centre on Banks Peninsula is protecting the environment from the turret volcanic summit at the top of the property to Governor’s Bay.
12 November 2014
Endangered gulls now more vulnerable
Environment Canterbury today expressed disappointment and frustration at the removal of a structure designed to protect endangered black-billed gulls (tarāpunga) on the Ashburton River/Hakatere.
21 October 2014
Rūnanga sets example in waterway restoration
The project manager for a Banks Peninsula rūnanga is encouraging people in central Canterbury to apply for funding dedicated to restoring waterways and native ecosystems.
18 September 2014
Hanging Rock planting creates bat habitat
A recent grant is helping South Canterbury farmer Alan Cone fast-track restoring a wetland where endangered long-tailed native bats have been found.
11 September 2014
North Canterbury farmers protecting gully environment
A North Canterbury farming couple is encouraging others to apply for Environment Canterbury funding dedicated to restoring native vegetation and waterways.
10 September 2014
Planters tackle big job
Native plants, sun and dirt were the ingredients for Lyell Creek-Waikoau Planting Day last Thursday - and plenty of willing hands.
14 August 2014
Environment Canterbury welcomes wilding conifer control funding
Environment Canterbury today welcomed the government’s announcement of $309,000 in funding to support wilding conifer ...
16 July 2014
Canterbury Biodiversity Spring Update (pdf 455 kB)
Welcome to the Canterbury Biodiversity Update - a regular update from the Biodiversity Team at Environment Canterbury sent to our previous grant recipients and stakeholders ...
3 April 2014
Native Restoration Field Day (pdf 264 kB)
Coe’s Ford: Saturday 10 May
. Learn how to effectively restore native habitats, save time and money at this free event ...
5 March 2014
Where our funding has gone
The latest figures about how our funding was allocated to help protect and restore Canterbury biodiversity including the distributions of projects across the region ...
26 February 2014
Canterbury Biodiversity newsletter (pdf 396 kB)
This newsletter is to keep you up to date on what’s happening with Environment Canterbury Biodiversity funding and to hear about some of the great projects that are going on ...
10 February 2014
Kaikoura - Seabirds, Shearwaters, Science and Sea Week (pdf 393 kB)
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April 2014...
23 December 2013
New Zealand Conservation Authority & boards
Nominations are currently open for both the New Zealand Conservation Authority and the Regional Conservation Boards. More information is available on the
6 November 2013
The Timaru Herald: Vandals upset trust workers
Article in The Timaru Herald ...
29 October 2013
Pupils create backyard wetland (pdf 161 kB)
Article in the Kaikoura Star about a Kaikoura Immediate Steps project (Lynton Downs School)...
12 September 2013
Welcome Home Hutton’s Shearwater
Welcome home Titi - our Hutton’ are coming home for the summer and the 2013 breeding season.
30 August 2013
Annual protection of braided river birds underway
The eleventh year of a seasonal operation to help protect New Zealand's rare and endemic river birds begins in mid-September in Ashburton River with the co-operation of landowners.
19 August 2013
Canterbury Plantout 2013
A fun day out helping restore our native habitats.
09 August 2013
A chance to learn about braided rivers and their residents
Environment Canterbury today announced an opportunity for members of the public to learn about Canterbury’s unique braided rivers and their inhabitants, particularly birdlife.
5 August 2013
Conservation Management Course - Native birds in braided rivers
The course is primarily aimed at members of community groups and individuals involved in (or wishing to undertake) protection of birds in braided rivers
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