Our native animal species are threatened by invasive animal predators and habitat loss. Nelson Nature is working to conserve, restore and enhance habitat, and to control predators, to help our native creatures survive.
What is Council doing?
Nelson Nature is working with the community and other partners to protect and enhance our native species for future generations.
- Habitat enhancement for native birds and other wildlife
- Predator control to protect our native birds
- Education through Enviroschools, Waimaori Stream Care, Great Kereru Count
- Strengthening community knowledge through the top of the South Pest Trapping Workshops
- Support for the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
How can you get involved?
- Join a trapping group
- Keep your dogs on a lead where there are weka and shorebirds
- Trap in your backyard for introduced pests
- Plant native species for food and habitat for birds
- Add to the understanding of important sites for our species by recording them in iNaturalist (particularly for lizards, invertebrates and bats)
- If you see a Nelson green gecko, take note of what you saw, or take a photo, and let us know!
- Participate in the NZ Garden Bird Survey
- Build a weta motel in your garden
- Provide lizard and skink habitat in your garden by heaping rocks or providing divaricating shrubs such as Muehlenbeckia species to provide safe cover and to attract insects for food.
Nelson’s native bird species bring a richness to our environment that is hard to quantify but valued by all.
Lizards play a critical role in our ecosystems; they pollinate native plants and disperse native plant seeds through eating fruit.
Nelson has its own collection of unique invertebrate species some of which are found nowhere else. Nelson Nature is working to protect their habitat.