Nelson Nature Achievements Year 1

 Nelson Nature Year One Achievements

Nelson Nature -Centre of New Zealand

Photo: Bare Kiwi

Nelson Nature has reached the end of its first year of operation. Since the initial announcement in April 2015 of Council’s intention to invest in a 10 year biodiversity programme, much progress has been made towards a more environmentally sustainable Nelson.

Key outcomes are:

  • New partnership established with the Department of Conservation
  • 135ha of wilding pines eradicated in the Dun Mountain Mineral Belt
  • Eight Significant Natural Areas under active management, with work ongoing to develop further sites in the year ahead
  • 14,500 plants provided for planting on private and public land
  • 25ha of climbing asparagus and banana passionfruit control in the Grampians
  • Weed treatment and planting along the Dun Mountain track in the Tantragee reserve.
  • 30 vouchers issued for greenwaste disposal
  • Wakapuaka River Family Fun Day
  • 1,512 ha of inland hill country brought into active weed control
  • Approximately 11,000 Taiwan Cherry plants controlled over 22 properties.
  • 1,200 metres of new trap-line established in coastal areas
  • 1400 sqm area Orphanage Stream Delta planted (Waimea Inlet).
  • Back Beach Beetle survey and report.
  • 4.6 ha native habitat restoration in Upper Poormans and Orphanage Streams. 
  • Two new community groups and four schools actively engaged with the urban streams programme.
  • Community kereru count
  • Six videos made to tell the Nelson Nature story
  • 87 vegetation plots, 62 bird count stations, 13 fish monitoring sites, 8 bird study plots established
  • Enhanced planting along Orchard Stream for fish habitat.

The Nelson Nature team has been grateful for the assistance of the Nelson Biodiversity Forum, private landowners and local community volunteer groups: Marsden Valley Trapping Group, Birdlife on the Grampians, Brook Sanctuary, Centre of NZ Trapping Group, Nelson Mountain Bike Club, Titoki Reserve Trapping Group, Boulderbank trappers, Haven Holes caretakers, Paremata Flats planters and trappers, and  Nelson/Tasman Weedbusters.

With their assistance, and the support of Nelson City Council and the Department of Conservation, Nelson Nature has made a great start towards a biologically rich and sustainable future for Nelson.