Links to sites about restoring natural habitats

New Auckland Council website with links about cliffs and clay banks (added May 2013)

Here is an excerpt from this excellent page:

You may also want to engage in pest plant and animal control (see Pests and diseases), restore a wetland or forest, or apply for formal protection of an area through a conservation covenant.

Our guide to Protecting natural areas on private land (PDF 491KB) has more information on what you can do to enhance biodiversity on your property. The factsheets below provide guidance depending on the type of environment within which you're working.

Coastal planting guides

Overview (PDF 376KB)
Coastal forests (PDF 290KB)
Cliff tops (PDF 418KB)
Wetlands, salt marshes and estuaries (PDF 490KB)
Clay banks (PDF 576KB)

Forests and shrubland

Native forest restoration (PDF 432KB)
Caring for forest fragments (PDF 614KB)
Shrublands (PDF 431KB)

Streamsides and wetland

Wetlands overview (PDF 364KB)
Wetlands restoration (PDF 864KB)
Streamsides (PDF 506KB)

To share your restoration project and see what others are working on near you, check out the Nature Space networking website. 

These sites have useful info about restoring natural habitats and eliminating invasive pest plants (and a variety of others):

Kaipatiki Restoration Trust - Nature for Neighbourhoods

Other sites:

Info about agrichemicals:




      VIGILANT® provides a simple non-spray alternative for selectively controlling invasive weed species; it is currently registered in New Zealand for use on:

  • Agapanthus (Agapanthus praecox)
    Climbing spindleberry (Celastrus orbiculatus )
    Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster simonsii )
    Darwin's barberry (Berberis darwinii )
    Elaeagnus (Elaeagnus x reflexa )
    Gorse (Ulex europaeus )
    Grey willow (Salix cinerea )
    Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
    Kahili ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum )
    Old Man's Beard (Clematis vitalba )
    Wandering jew/willie (Tradescantia fluminensis )
    Woolly nightshade (Solanum mauritianum)

 And here are a variety of links from the ARC's EcoNews Summer-Autumn 2009:

Old ARC sites: