• “2019 Bat Event” coming soon! Find out about bat ecology and New Zealand’s only endemic mammals November 2019
  • Annual braided river bird survey 11 – 15 October 2019
  • Whio protection trapping regime installation September 2019
  • Biodiversity Seminar for One Day School at Clyde, 14 August 2019.        “Thank you so much for today, Rachel.  It was such a beneficial presentation  for our topic this term. Many students have added more to their presentation tasks from your seminar.” 
  • OSNZ/ Birds NZ presentation to Otago branch, Dunedin University, Zoology Dept on 22 May 2019 for “International Biodiversity Day”
  • Forest bird monitoring  programme ongoing
  • Whio/ blue duck survey February 2019
  • Alpine remote trap monitoring installation with Encounter Solutions Ltd February 2019.


  • Rock wren protection trapping regime – provisional  installation dates 21 – 23 November (Crucible Basin) and 5 – 7 December (Castalia/ Lucidus) *weather dependant. Looking for volunteers for ongoing maintenance within the alpine environment.
Female rock wren collecting invertebrates at Crucible Basin
  • Braided river bird survey 14 – 16  or 23 – 25 October 2018 – volunteers wanted (expenses covered). Email: for further info.
Wrybill chick
  • “Wai Maori” ENVIROSCHOOLS Teachers Hui  19 September 2018

Wanaka Primmary School

Aspiring Biodiversity Trust are delighted to have been invited to present on “Wai Maori’ te ro for freshwater at the next Enviroschools teachers Hui in Wanaka. Talk will include the importance of freshwater for sustaining the biodiversity of life in relation to ABT’s threatened species programmes within the Makarora catchment and promote future biodiversity educational programmes.

  • “Welcome back the birds” Biodiversity Event 8th September 2018

Makarora Tourist Centre 9:30 am

Come and celebrate the start of spring and hear about Makarora’s amazing biodiversity, including the return of unique braided river birds that breed here each year. We also have guest speaker Dean Nelson from Twizel, head of Project River Recovery and the Kaki Restoration Programme.

Event includes morning tea, light lunch and afternoon field trip on the braided river and is open to all. For more details and programme schedule see link below. Enquires or bookings please contact: 0210510240 or email

Welcome back the birds

  • “The Flock” will be hosted at Makarora School on 4 th September. ABT will be assisting students at Makarora and from Haast School with making their own flock and helping the children learn about endangered braided river birds and bird migration. Birds made by the students will also be displayed at the “Welcome back the birds” event on the following Saturday.
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Photo credit Miranda Shorebird Centre