Upcoming Events

Landcare Field Day

10 March 2018

Environment Southland and Invercargill City Council Parks Division invite you to a Landcare Networking Field Day.

The day will be a great day out, hearing from all the landcare groups in the morning, as well as a guest speaker from the Coastal Restoration Trust. After a lunch we will have a field trip around Sandy Point and Oreti Beach, show casing the work that the ICC Parks Division has carried out.

When: 10am Saturday 10th March 2018


10 -12 Morning networking session at Environment Southland (Corner North road and Price Street

12 Lunch

12.45 - 4.30 Field Trip to Sandy Point, Otatara

For full details see the event flyer or Contact Nathan Cruickshank on 0800 76 88 45

Coastal Restoration Trust Conference

21 - 23 March 2018

Southland has the longest Coast line in New Zealand, find out how you can help look after it by attending the Coastal Restoration Trust Conference in March.

The CRT 2018 conference is themed Resilient Coasts, Resilient Communities and will be held in Petone on 21-23 March. It is not all sitting on chairs and listening though. It also includes a day and a half of fieldtrips to stunning and interesting sites in the Wellington region.

There will be an add-on fieldtrip to the Wonderful Wairarapa after the main conference.

There will also be a free pre-conference course called DUNES101 on Tuesday 20 March. Come learn about dune processes, restoration and coastal plants from our expert trustees Jim Dahm and David Bergin. Register here

Planting at Home Creek

14 April 2018

Home Creek Manapouri. Planting at Home Creek wetland and explore. Meet at Home Creek, Manapouri at 11am Leader Edith Jones Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Past Events

Forest and Bird Trip to Waituna

3 February 2018

What a glorious place Waituna Lagoon is on a sunny day. Not looking the same for Saturday, however the place has many moods and is spectacular whatever!

Due to the low lake levels, we can walk around the north shore, so the plan is to head from Waghorn Rd bridge, (meet on west side of bridge at about 10.00am), around the north shore and climb out along near the lookout. Then walk the road back. A round trip of about 6kms. The going is generally on gravel, so tramping boots are fine, although there’s a few muddy spots. Gumboots would be a good alternative. Looking at the weather forecast, be prepared for rain and colder conditions (hard to believe!)

Lunch (BYO food and drinks) will be at Munro’s, and will be at the house (351 Caesar Rd) or by the bush, depending on the weather (approx 12.30pm). Following that we will head to Christie’s (turn in by the cattleyards, Dairy No.31392, and wait by the woolshed about 2pm) to walk in through the bush to their wee hut for afternoon tea (byo again).

We look forward to seeing you along for this World Wetland Day celebration (internationally celebrated on 2nd February each year. Check it out at )

Any queries, please contact trip leader, Gay Munro, ph 239 5827 or email Enable JavaScript to view protected content..

Cheers, Gay.

for Southland Branch

Forest and Bird

Annual Chilean Flame Creeper Cull

22 January 2018

Where: Bowmans Bush, Ruru Avenue

Time: 7 pm

Event: Annual Chilean flame creeper evening

Contact: Randall Milne Ph: 021 784989

Join the annual flame creeper evening which helps keep Bowmans Bush from being smothered by this invasive climber.

Ice creams will be available for those who come along and earn a treat

Otatara Landcare Group

Castledowns Field day

3 December 2017

Castledowns Field day Sunday 3rd December 2017

Bring along your friends and relations to join us for a planting afternoon at the Wetland . We have 100 cabbage trees to plant. Bring overalls, leggings ,a spade and afternoon tea at 4 . Lots of fun getting out there and exploring this special area

Wetlands Work Day

12 November 2017

Southland Rural Women New Zealand and Dipton Landcare group, celebrated becoming Southland’s newest QEII covenant by holding a working bee.

Despite the rain 12 people turned up at Castledowns Wetland on Sunday 12 November to tackle some of the hawthorn, gorse, broom and willows that are beginning to encroach on this remnant wetland. Volunteers also installed three seats and remarked the tracks. The seats were donated by the local community.

The celebrations were topped off in fine style with wine, fruit, apple and blackberry and coconut cakes.

The Castledowns Wetland can be access from 900 Dipton-Mossburn Road. Follow the orange markers across the paddock and don’t forget your gum boots.

Mid Dome Wilding Pine Day 2017

11 November 2017

On Saturday 11 November 2017, twenty-four enthusiastic and energetic volunteers attended a wilding trees work day on a ridge above East Dome Station, in Northern Southland. The day was run by Environment Southland on behalf of the Mid Dome Wilding Tree Charitable Trust (MDWTCT). Participants included members of the public, SIT students, Environment Southland employees and Mid Dome trustees.

The aim was to destroy as many wilding contorta pines as possible, to prevent the further spread of these highly invasive trees into open tussock country. Control of wilding trees was achieved by hand pulling saplings and using a variety of hand tools on larger trees. It was estimated that on average each volunteer controlled 200 trees, which equates to almost 5000 trees in total!

The weather gods answered our prayers too, with constant sunshine and no rain throughout the day. Everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves and by all accounts it proved to be a highly successful outing.

Click here for the event flyer