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2019 annual bird monitoring

2019 annual bird monitoring

The results of the 2019 bird monitoring show birdlife in the valley has increased significantly since intensive pest control began in 2015.

February 2020 floods in the Hollyford Valley

February 2020 floods in the Hollyford Valley

Early February brought record rainfall to the Hollyford Valley, causing signficant damage to the Hollyford and Milford roads, as well as causing large slips and damage to tracks, huts, and the Trust's own infrastructure. 1,000mm of rain fell in a 60 hour period in...

Hollyford Conservation Trust Newsletter #2

If you will be in Martins Bay on 5 September then please join us at the Lodge for a celebration to mark the first anniversary of the Hollyford Conservation Project. Further details are in our second newsletter, which also includes articles on project progress across...

Hollyford Conservation Trust Newsletter #1

Hollyford Conservation Trust Newsletter #1 This first newsletter confirms an Otago Community Trust grant of $90,000 to enable the Hollyford Conservation Trust to proceed with stage 1 of its project to establish a 2500 hectare sanctuary at Martins Bay. Ground work in...

Great start to the Hollyford Conservation Project

Great start to the Hollyford Conservation Project

A fantastic start to our project: DoC has confirmed that the lower Hollyford – from the Kaipo River through to Big Bay, a total of 19,617 hectares – will be included in their Battle for our Birds predator control campaign. This will result in significant control of...

Hollyford Conservation Trust Launch – a Huge Success

Hollyford Conservation Trust Launch – a Huge Success

Wednesday 16th July dawned fine and clear, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters arriving from all directions at first light. By 9.30am there were over 50 stakeholders and supporters assembled at Martins Bay Lodge to welcome the Minister of Conservation Dr Nick Smith....

HCT Launch all set for 16th July 2014

HCT Launch all set for 16th July 2014

The Honourable Dr Nick Smith, Minister of Conservation, will be journeying to Martins Bay, Hollyford Valley, on July 16th 2014 to officially launch the Hollyford Conservation Trust. He will be accompanied by the Director of Partnerships Kay Booth and Southern Regions’...

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We want to see a healthy and thriving native ecosystem in the lower Hollyford Valley, with diverse and abundand bird life free from the risk of predation by possums, stoats and rats.

Our Vision

To protect, enhance and restore all native flora and fauna for the enjoyment of all, today and for generations well into the future.

About The Trust

The Hollyford Conservation Trust was formed in June 2014 to establish a ‘mainland island’ sanctuary in the lower Hollyford Valley, in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and other stakeholders.

Pest control

This project was established in 2014 after local landowners realised the impact introduced pests were having on the Lower Hollyford Valley – the birdsong was gone, and the canopy was collapsing, with the more palatable species such as southern rātā and fuschia being browsed extensively to the point of dieback.

Bird translocations

One of the key long term aspirations of the project is to return species that once lived in the project area but have become locally extinct.

Cliff Broad Tawaki Project

The Cliff Broad Tawaki pest control project is a trapping line along the rocky coastline to the North of Martins Bay to protect Fiordland crested penguins/tawaki during the breeding season.  This project is funded by a generous donation from the Broad family in memory of their father Cliff Broad, who had a special bond with the Hollyford Valley and Martins Bay.

Latest News

2019 annual bird monitoring

2019 annual bird monitoring

The results of the 2019 bird monitoring show birdlife in the valley has increased significantly since intensive pest control began in 2015.

read more
February 2020 floods in the Hollyford Valley

February 2020 floods in the Hollyford Valley

Early February brought record rainfall to the Hollyford Valley, causing signficant damage to the Hollyford and Milford roads, as well as causing large slips and damage to tracks, huts, and the Trust's own infrastructure. 1,000mm of rain fell in a 60 hour period in...

read more