Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation — protecting wildlife and wild places, on land and in the sea.
For nearly a century we have been protecting and restoring Aotearoa's wildlife and wild places - on land and in the sea.
We are the voice for nature in our communities, to our city and district councils, to our regional councils, to central-government, and in our courts. No other organisation does this.
We do not receive government funding – we rely on the support from our members and supporters through membership fees, regular giving, donations, corporate sponsorship and bequests. We speak for all our threatened species and treasured places, from endangered Maui’s dolphins to high-country tussock lands.
Since 1923 Forest & Bird has played a crucial role in preserving New Zealand’s environment and native species. We've helped establish conservation protection for a third of our country’s land mass, put an end to logging our publicly-owned native forests and helped prevent species such as the kakapo and kokako becoming extinct.
We have grown to number 80,000 members and supporters who make it possible for our staff to advocate for better legislation and policy to protect nature. Members also engage with local and regional councils to speak for nature in local and regional planning forums and educate their communities about conservation and environmental issues.