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NZ Forest and Bird

The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand is New Zealand’s largest national conservation organisation.

The Society's mission is to preserve and protect the native plants and animals and natural features of New Zealand.

Forest and Bird is active on a wide range of conservation and environmental issues. These include the protection of coastlines and marine ecosystems and sustainable fisheries.

Forest and Bird’s strength as an organisation comes from its thousands of members in over 50 branches throughout the country.  Much of the on-the-ground conservation work of the Society is done by volunteer branch members who run local campaigns and comprehensive conservation programmes in their regions.

For young conservationists, Forest and Bird formed the Kiwi Conservation Club, with its own magazine and local activities.

The Society administers the Threatened Species Trust, a partnership between the Society and the Department of Conservation. Its aim is to encourage corporate sponsorship of conservation, with the funds going directly towards saving the chosen threatened birds, plants and their habitats. Current sponsorships include kiwi (BNZ) and kakapo (Comalco).

The Society also administers the JS Watson Conservation Trust which was established under the Will of the late Katherine Watson in memory of her husband, who until his death in 1959, was active in the field of conservation and research.

Forest and Bird is the Partner Designate for New Zealand of Birdlife International.



NZ Forest and Bird's marine and coastal campaigns include:

Hector's and Maui's Dolphin

New Zealand (Hookers) Sea Lion,

Save the Albatross Sponsors