Many community-led conservation projects are operated through conservation trusts including rivercare groups, regional councils (in Canterbury this is Environment Canterbury or ECan), and the Department of Conservation (DOC), often in conjunction with research programmes through universities including Otago, Canterbury, and Lincoln universities, Crown Research Institutes such as Landcare Research, and environmental consultancy firms such as Boffa Miskell and Wildlife Management International Limited.
If you are interested in helping, please see the different organisations and groups in the menu.
Specific conservation work, research, and projects are also listed on the individual river, ecology, and threats pages. Examples of the range and type of work being undertaken by different organisations and businesses are showcased in the 6 videos below, recorded at the 2022 Braided Rivers seminar.
- (DOC) Braided river fact sheet
- Like to know about braided river conservation laws and policies? See our resources page.
- Want to identify a bird on a braided river? Download this 4-page DOC guide.
- Need educational materials?
- Need signs? We can help with that!
- Want to help with springtime river-bird surveys? Sign up to our newsletter and we’ll send the dates and location as soon as they become available for each river
- Partnering with stakeholders including landowners, commercial river users such as jetboat operators and gravel extractors
Research on braided river birds outside of South Island locations:
- 2020: McCarthur et al., State and trends in the abundance and distribution of riverbed-nesting shorebirds on the Tutaekuri, Ngaruroro and Tukituki Rivers, Client report prepared for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Napier
- 2020: McCarthur; A review of significant coastal and freshwater habitats for indigenous birds in the Wellington region, report prepared for Greater Wellington Regional Council
- 2020: McCarthur; A review of the shorebird values and management actions in Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Ecological Management and Enhancement Plans
- 2020: McCarthur; A review of the status and management of banded dotterels (Charadrius bicinctus) on Ōnoke Spit, Client report prepared for the Department of Conservation, Masterton.