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

Rarangi Landcare Group

Aim: To restore over 11,000 native foreshore plants to Rarangi Beach. Hundreds of species of plants, animals and insects (including 167 species of moth) live and thrive in the windy, salt-strewn, sandy and pebble beach environment of Rarangi’s foreshore. 

Contact: Natalie Lawler, Department of Conservation, +64 3 572 9100 or

Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust

Aim: To oversee the Tui Nature Reserve biodiversity project on the Otohutu Peninsula. It is sucessfully restoring native habitat and its wildlife, breeding captive native species for release and reintroducing species formerly present, such as the South Island robin. 

Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust website

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