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Piroa-Brynderwyns Landcare

Our Story

Today in the wider community, a diverse and growing population are actively engaged in conservation and are connected to the natural environment.
Since restoration began in the hub of Marunui Conservation over 30 years ago, landcare initiatives have grown significantly throughout the Piroa-Brynderwyns area.
Now under the co-ordinating umbrella of the community-led Piroa-Brynderwyns Landcare (PBL), more than 20 separate groups are actively working together to reinstate healthy ecosystems through predatory animal control, weed control and revegetation across this high value area.
What We Are Doing...

Our community-led conservation projects cover a wide range of topics from planting, pest control, weed management, track building and maintenance, water care and more. We work with sponsors, councils, and like minded people to protect and restore this valuable area.
Image: Aaron Skelton - Fairy Terns at Waipu

Why We Are Doing It...

In this area is the Bream Tail Coastal Headland, an area of vegetation comprises mostly coastal forest and shrubland and has close affinities with Hen Island (Taranga) vegetation. Many of these vegetation types are important because Bream Tail is the only place in the Waipu Ecological District that they occur.
Image: Aaron Skelton - Northern Rata Flower 

How We Are Doing It...

The PBL steering group now coordinates funding and resources for over 30 trapping and weed action groups (WAPB). About one third of the budget is allocated to WAPB, one third to professional trapping in the difficult terrain, and one third to trapping resources, workshops and events.
Image: David Skilton -Wetapunga

The Challenge

Lastest News & Articles

5min Bird Count
Monitoring Our Native Birds

On November 13th a group of keen conservationists gathered to learn from Dr Dai Morgan from NRC about monitoring native bird species and density in the ranges. The work is important as over time this will provide evidence around the impact our groups pest control programmes are having, and what new species are returning to the area. Read more..

Coastal Walkway
Getting Ready for summer

Work is underway on the Coastal Walkway between Langs Beach and Waipu Cove to improve the walkability and safety of the track. This project jointly funded by the Whangarei District Council and the Wairahi Tracks Trust will be completed by Christmas to the extent that funds allow.
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Kiwi Survey
How are we going in the ranges...

The survey aims to understand the extent of kiwi movement now that large areas in the ranges are actively under pest control by wonderful teams of volunteers and landowners. Where are the birds now? Are they breeding successfully? What is the population now? Are we doing everything we can to keep them safe? 
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Young Students
Environment Education

The importance of raising awareness & involving  young people in conservation focused activities in our area is crucial. Their enthusiasm and passion for the natural world is encouraging.
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RNZAF
The Air Force joins us

In early May 2022 a sizable team from the Royal New Zealand Air Force arrived in Mangawhai to join the volunteers of Piroa-Brynderwyns Landcare for a week's work progressing important conservation efforts that benefit the local community. Read more..

PBL Trust
The formation of...

The Piroa Conservation Trust is officially registered on the Charities Commission Register. The appointed trustees have met for the first time officially and have commenced the activity to review the Strategic Direction of our organisation in conjunction with key stakeholders and members of the PBL. 
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Waipu Nursery  
Restoring Waipu's Waterways

On Sunday 12th June, the first steps were taken to bring a disused local nursery back to life. Through a collaboration between Waipu Waters and Weed Action Piroa Brynderwyns, 25 supporters came together in response to a call for help to clear the weeds, repair the wind cloths and start restoring the old nursery on Dave Brown’s Cove Road Tahamonana Farm.
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Eco Report  
2021 Restoration Report

The Piroa-Brynderwyns High Value Area Biodiversity Values & Opportunities for Ecological Restoration report 2021 is now available. 
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Workshops & Events

Working Groups

Find out more about our volunteer group, when they meet and where.  We have groups for pest trapping, weeding, track building, dunes clean ups, school programmes, planting, water catchment restoration, nursery care, and more in Mangawhai, Langs, Waipu and Waipu Cove

Working Bees

We regularly run working bees so if you are keen to see what coming up visit the link below.

Workshops

We run a variety of workshops including New Trapper Training, Health & Safely for volunteers, Know Your Dog workshops and more.  see the latest workshops and registration links via the link below.

Our People, Partners & Sponsors

Piroa-Brynderwyn Landcare is a collective of more than a 30 community-led conservation groups that are working together to restore biodiversity in the Brynderwyn ranges. The conservation projects cover the 23,000ha area encircling the Piroa-Brynderwyns ranges down to Waipu, Bream Tail and Mangawhai all of which are identified as having high conservation values. Northland brown Kiwi are breeding successfully in the hills having been translocated during 2013-15, and other rare birds, such as the Fairy Tern, make this area their home.

Local businesses are right behind PBL and their support is greatly appreciated.  Our thanks to everyone from the Waipu Menzshed who make the trap boxes to Northpine who supply the timber, to other businesses and donors who have provided locations for weed disposal bins, venues and catering for workshops, and donations for bait stations and trapping lines.
Contributing to the successful conservation outcomes in Piroa-Brynderwyns are the valued partnerships with landowners, with iwi and with government agencies such the Department of Conservation (DoC) and Northland Regional Council. The value of these in-kind contributions is greatly appreciated as being far more than a monetary one. Over the past year PBL has been particularly welcoming of new initiatives including the purchase of Langs View Estate by Bruce and Janine Copeland and DoC’s contribution to Langs Beach Reserve.
A huge shout out to the sponsors who have made our work possible over the past year including: ITM Waipu, Northpine, Menzshed Waipu, Hammer Hardware Waipu, Durham Farms.
If you would like to join our band of supporters please e-mail [email protected]

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