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Ecological Restoration Advice and Training

At Tītoki Landcare, we offer comprehensive ecological restoration advice covering tasks such as baseline monitoring, restoration plans, predator control plans, and ongoing monitoring.

Strategic ecological restoration advice to protect and enhance our forests and wetlands

Our team of ecologists has a depth of experience in planning and advising on a wide variety of ecological restoration projects.

Every day we’re providing advice to landowners, councils, companies, iwi, and community groups to help them maximise the outcomes of their ecological restoration projects.

Ecological restoration and management plans

Good ecological restoration starts with a plan. Plans don’t need to be 40 pages long, they just need to identify the key objectives for the project and provide the critical information to guide restoration actions, ensuring time and money are spent effectively, and key objectives are met.

Ad-hoc efforts can lead to disappointing results or slow progress. Our ecologists are delivering ecological restoration and management plans to clients every week. Every plan we produce is catered to the unique conditions and objectives of the project and provides direction on priority actions to take to maximise ecological and biodiversity improvements across the site.

Vegetation surveys

Forests, wetlands, grasslands and more. We have a team of skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced botanists all excited and keen to help with vegetation surveys.

Forest plots, wetland vegetation determination, biosecurity monitoring of kauri dieback and myrtle rust, or ongoing vegetation monitoring. We have experience in a range of vegetation surveying methodologies and can help with survey design to suit the specific needs of your project.

Whatever your need for vegetation surveys, we’re available to help.

Long-tailed bat management

Long-tailed bats are one of NZ’s three native land mammals and they are currently classified as ‘critically endangered’.

We have multiple ecologists in our team with the required certifications from the Department of Conservation to oversee activities that pose a risk to this threatened species.

Our team can help with potential roost tree inspections, acoustic monitoring, bat habitat enhancement plans, and tree felling supervision.

Bird surveys and monitoring

New Zealand’s native birds are a national treasure, however, many are at risk or threatened with extinction.

For many ecological management and restoration projects, a key goal is to see an increase in indigenous bird diversity and abundance. The only way to know if this goal has been achieved is through appropriate monitoring.

Our senior ecologists have a wealth of experience monitoring indigenous and exotic birds through a variety of survey methods such as five-minute bird counts, acoustic monitoring, and playback calls.

Lizard surveys, monitoring, and translocations

New Zealand has a terrific diversity of indigenous lizards. Roughly 100 species – all of which are found nowhere else in the world and many are currently threatened with extinction.

Tītoki Landcare has a team of ecologists experienced in working with native lizards. We have undertaken a wide range of monitoring activities across the North Island over the last 10+ years using a variety of methodologies such as artificial cover objects, pitfall traps, tunnel traps, spotlight, and manual searches.

We also have performed various lizard translocations for different projects and provided restoration advice on projects specifically targeting native lizard conservation.

Ecological mapping

Mapping ecological data is an essential service for many projects. This includes tasks such as mapping vegetation distribution, management zones, conservation covenant boundaries, monitoring site locations, predator traps and more.

Spatial data can be intertwined with comprehensive databases providing large-scale datasets across sites of any size.

Our team works with several mapping tools to build geospatial datasets suitable for any ecological project.

Freshwater ecology

Although we typically focus on terrestrial and wetland ecosystem restoration, we have capacity to undertake aquatic surveys for fish, invertebrates, water quality and general stream habitat assesments.

We also have working relationships with several experienced freshwater ecologists for projects that require additional freshwater ecology skills and knowledge.

Funding applications

There are numerous funding sources available for ecological restoration work from councils, trusts, businesses, central government, and more.

Funds often require details on the ecological and biodiversity value gained by proposed projects and it can help to have an ecological background when composing funding applications.

We help many of our clients by providing advice on appropriate funding options for their specific projects. We also use our ecological expertise to help clients with composing funding applications.

Stakeholder engagement and facilitation

Ecological restoration projects often include an array of stakeholders. Facilitating discussions amongst stakeholders and getting all parties on board with restoration objectives and priorities can be a key challenge with many restoration projects.

Our experienced project managers can help facilitate such discussions and steer projects in the appropriate direction for their specific vision.

Project management

Ecological restoration projects are multi-faceted and can require a sophisticated level of project management.

From the timing of works, sourcing materials and plants, coordinating contractors and volunteers, maintaining communications with stakeholders, monitoring and reporting, and tracking budgets – there can be plenty to keep on top of.

Our senior ecologists are proficient project managers. We do this job every day and can help ease the load by managing your restoration projects.

Ecological training

Through years of experience and professional training, our ecologists have acquired a wealth of knowledge. We now like to share our knowledge through targeted training programmes. This helps ensure ecological restoration is being done to the necessary standard.

We currently run a forest restoration course through Earth Diverse and have provided multiple training sessions to local iwi and community groups on specific aspects of restoration and ecology.

If you’re interested in some training, we can help with topics such as bush regeneration, vegetation management, predator control, plant identification, site assessments, and much more.

Aldridge Road Wetland Restoration

Lowry Road Wetland and Gully Restoration

Harold Catlin Reserve Restoration

Morrinsville River Walk Ecological Restoration

Beale St Gully Ecological Management

Seeleys Gully Weed Management

Matakanohi Reserve Ecological Rehabilitation

Mangaonua Gully Weed Management

Feel free to get in touch to talk to us about how we can help you with your ecological restoration needs.