We aim to carry out projects to protect and restore the habitats of wildlife (animal and plants) indigenous to Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Dr Mark Bellingham
Conservation Science Advisor
Mark has been working with New Zealand’s threatened wildlife for more than 30 years. He is a wildlife ecologist, having worked throughout New Zealand on threatened animal and plant species. He is a coastal wildlife expert and is leading our efforts to save the NZ fairy tern from extinction. He is a national expert on banded rail and other birds that live in coastal wetlands. Mark is leading the restoration of threatened dune plants at his local Bethells Beach, where sand coprosma and sand pimelia have been restored after being locally extinct for 50+ years. He has also worked in the Chatham Islands on taiko, black robin, other bird species and endangered plant species.
Jane carries out all the 'on the island' habitat restoration work for our current project, protecting the world's rarest shorebird - the New Zealand Fairy Tern in the Central Kaipara Harbour. Jane has worked and travelled from England and lived in Sweden for seven years, returning home to New Zealand with two small children after a decade she decided to settle in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges to raise her children. She gained a BEd in Steiner Primary School Teaching and has worked as volunteer coordinator for Ark in the Park and the Pourewa Restoration Project (restoring a remnant native forest in Auckland city).