Get involved with conservation groups working with DOC in Marlborough.

Listed below are some volunteer based groups that you can get involved with. You'll learn new skills, meet like-minded people, contribute to conservation, and increase your connection to your local community and natural spaces.

For more conservation volunteer opportunities in Marlborough:

Forest & Bird's Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project

Aim: To protect long-tailed bats and other wildlife at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve by trapping predators. Volunteers are needed to check trap lines.

Conact: Jenny Eason

Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project on Nature Space website

Grovetown Lagoon Restoration Project 

Aim: To restore the Grovetown Lagoon to enhance the habitat for fish and bird life, and to enable gathering of food and encourage recreational uses. Volunteers can get involved in working bees.

Grovetown Lagoon Restoration Project website

Kaipupu Point Sounds Mainland Society

Aim: To manage and maintain the Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary in Picton Harbour as a safe haven for native wildlife. Volunteers are involved with pest control, general maintenance and species monitoring

Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary website

Koru Native Wildlife Centre

Aim: This wildlife centre has recently located to Grovetown. At the centre they breed kākāriki for release and hold giant wētā and geckos for viewing. If you are keen to volunteer and help with the care of the centre, they would like to hear from you.

Contact: Ellen Plaisier,

Pine Valley trapping

Aim: Pest traps have been laid in the Mill Flat area in a joint project between Pine Valley Outdoor Centre and the children of Marlborough to bring back native birds to the area and to help our community to learn more about the pest species. We are always looking for keen volunteers to check the trap lines and to help keep everything in tip-top shape for visiting school groups.

Contact: Talia Burton-Walker, Pine Valley Outdoor Centre

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