Habitat restoration, pest control and species reintroduction on the seven pest-free islands of Ipipiri, Eastern Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The project: building an eco-sanctuary

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And experience the beauty of these islands first hand

Native species reintroduced
Sixteen more planned

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31,000 native trees planted by volunteers
Weekly volunteer weed-busting programme

Habitat Restoration

Educating future generations
to care for the environment

Floating classrooms

Bringing back the birdsong
to the islands of Ipipiri

Note by note

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Teaming with wildlife

Eco-Sanctuary, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Project Island Song is an eco-sanctuary. The seven main islands in the eastern Bay of Islands have been pest mammal free since 2009, and the natural eco-systems are being restored. Bringing back birdsong to the islands, note by note. Thousands of trees have been planted, and five rare and endangered species have been reintroduced. Many more species are planned. In this eco-sanctuary you can discover the home of some of the world’s most fascinating and rare wildlife.

Project Island Song is a unique partnership between community group the Guardians of the Bay of Islands, Te Rawhiti hapū (Ngati Kuta and Patukeha) and the Department of Conservation. This partnership is dedicated to restoring ecological balance to the islands of the Eastern Bay of Islands (Ipipiri). Drawing together the energy, talent and culture of local people to bring the birdsong back to Ipipiri, note by note. Read more...

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Report a pest sighting

stoat with chick galleryPhoto: DoCIt is vital that the islands of Ipipiri remain pest free.

If you have seen a pest on the islands please call the island pest detection hotline immediately:

0800 362 468 ( 0800 DOC HOT)

Please follow up with an email to pest@projectislandsong.co.nz giving details of the sighting.

 

How you can get involved

Whether it’s getting your hands in the soil to plant a tree or making a financial contribution we’d love your support!!

Latest News

January 04, 2017

Seasons greetings to all

Another year has flown by for Project Island Song - and its been a productive and enjoyable one, tinged with sadness with the tragic loss of one of our kaimahi in January.…
January 04, 2017

Volunteer species monitoring

Whether you are a burgeoning naturalist or an experienced birdwatcher, Project Island Song has a number of monitoring projects that you can be part of, and help make a…
January 04, 2017

Discover Our New Website

We've launched our vibrant new website. The first thing you may have noticed is a spruced-up home page, along with an updated design across the site. We really wanted to make…
January 04, 2017

Tūturiwhatu (NZ dotterel) are breeding

Check out this cute chick which was spotted last week in Opunga Bay on Moturua Island. With only about 1500 tūturiwhatu/NZ dotterels left on the planet, they are the rarest…
January 04, 2017

Lots more plants in the ground

Our 2016 planting season was very successful with a further 4000 plants in the ground. Island planting is a logistical challenge for all involved - transporting plants and…
January 04, 2017

Weed-busting: Another productive year

Weeds are a growing problem. To help protect the islands against weed infestation, the Project Island Song team have developed and are now implementing a long-term weed…

Thank you to our supporters!

Project Island Song is reliant on funders and sponsors to keep us on the path to achieving our vision. Thank you to all those who have contributed in various ways, including the provision of free travel for volunteers going to the islands, funding project work, sponsoring volunteer lunches on planting days and much, much more. With your support we can bring the islands of Ipipiri alive again with the sound of native New Zealand birdsong.

 

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