Russell Kiwi Protection
Help Us save our native biodiversity
Russell Kiwi Protection is an ecological restoration project. It is an initiative of the Russell Landcare Trust, founded 17 years ago. We are a large group of keen locals who work together to restore and enhance the native biodiversity of the Russell Peninsula in the Bay of Islands.
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About Our Foundation
The Russell Peninsula is a very special place. It’s one of very few areas in New Zealand where wild kiwi and weka live side-by-side with people. Native forest clothes hillsides, wetlands nestle in valleys and salt marsh and mangroves hug the shore. These varied habitats are home to an array of native birds, insects and lizards, some of which are rare species.
Russell Kiwi Protection aims to preserve and protect these natural treasure/taonga for future generations. We do this by protecting them from introduced predators like rats, stoats and possums, as well as preventing invasive weeds from degrading our forests and wetlands.
By controlling these introduced predators, we hope to double the number of kiwi birds on the Russell peninsula, as well as to keep our forests, wetlands and coasts plentiful with life and biodiversity.
An array of native plants and animals
Protecting our wildlife and their habitats