Kathmandu Summit Club Volunteers

Kathmandu Spring Break protects significant sites in Australian and New Zealand this Spring

Kathmandu LogoKathmandu and Conservation Volunteers Australia have partnered during 2015 for a Spring Break Campaign. Kathmandu and Conservation Volunteers share a commitment to protect our natural environment. Members of the Kathmandu Summit Club are invited to get together outside and make a difference volunteering at one of seven conservation projects across Australia and New Zealand.

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Kathmandu and Conservation Volunteers share a commitment to protect our natural environment. Members of the Kathmandu Summit Club are invited to get together outside and make a difference volunteering at one of seven projects across Australia and New Zealand.

Kathmandu Summit Club volunteers at Woodlands Historic Park in Melbourne

Kathmandu Summit Club volunteers at Woodlands Historic Park in Melbourne

Kathmandu Summit Club members have the opportunity to participate in the following conservation projects:

Woodland Historic Park, Greenvale
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is one of Victoria’s most endangered species and considered extinct in Victoria’s wild. Once common, its decline is attributed to the destruction of over 99% of its native grassland habitat in Victoria as well as predation by foxes and cats. At Woodlands Historic Park we are re-establishing an area of natural habitat that is safe from introduced predators. Captive bred individuals have been released into the site and ongoing works continue. Volunteer activities include monitoring and repairing the perimeter fence, removing invasive weeds, planting native seedlings and surveying the bandicoot population.

The Island, Bacchus Marsh
‘The Island’ is a large property of over 200 hectares that was donated to Conservation Volunteers in 2006 by W. James Whyte. It is situated near Bacchus Marsh, approximately 50 kms west of Melbourne. While the property is adjacent to the Werribee Gorge State Park, ‘The Island’ was significantly degraded and our focus is to see it restored to environmental health. Every year our volunteers visit the Island in order to assist with a variety of activities including tree planting, stock exclusion fencing, water quality testing, track maintenance, invasive weed control and undertaking fauna and flora surveys. The focus of this project will be to widen a track that leads to a bird hide in the reserve.

Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Picturesque Kamay Botany Bay National Park lies adjacent to the suburb of Kurnell and the southern entrance to Botany Bay. It is the place of Captain Cooks landing in 1770 and is widely regarded as the birthplace of modern Australia. Despite the long European history of the site there is still much native habitat in the form of Sandstone and Dune forests but many of these areas are badly infested with exotic weed species which threaten the native habitat. Volunteers will assist with both hands-on bush re-generation work activity, such as weeding and planting of natives, plus we give the opportunity to experience a range of aspects of the National Park which help put our work into context. These activities vary from guided bushwalks through the parks forests and heathlands to whale-watching in season at spectacular Cape Solander.

Sydney Harbour National Park – Bradleys Head
Bradleys Head is an attractive spit of land adjacent to the suburb of Mosman and facing the Eastern suburbs across the harbour. It boasts wonderful views back towards the city, harbour bridge and opera house and possesses a substantial area of native Sydney sandstone woodland which still house important populations of native wildlife, notably the threatened red-crowned toadlet, which is only found in the Sydney Region. The toadlet is listed as a vulnerable species and is threatened by habitat loss, pollution and the invasion of its native habitat by exotic weeds. Join our program which involves hands-on bush re-generation works and an opportunity to experience an awareness raising guided bushwalk around this beautiful headland with its superb views.

Te Ia Trust, Pokeno – Auckland
Te Ia Trust on the banks of the mighty Waikato River in Pokeno has recently been included under an existing Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Covenant. The QEII National Trust helps private landowners in New Zealand protect significant natural and cultural features on their land through open space covenants which safeguard special features like landscapes, forest, wetlands, lakes, threatened species habitats and cultural heritage sites. This restoration project will provide a corridor for wildlife and eventually become part of a walking track that travels along the banks of the Waikato from Lake Taupo to the sea. The site will support many canopy trees that will help to provide a year round food source for the Tui and Kereru who visit existing trees annually. Volunteers will help native species to increase the biodiversity in the area and learn how to identify native species of fauna and flora.

Brookby Wildlife Habitat Trust, Ardmore – Auckland
Brookby Wildlife Habitat Trust is an exciting restoration project located on the Auld Farm in Brookby near Ardmore. With the help of the local community and volunteer groups the Trust is returning fragile wetlands back to their natural state and ensuring the survival of the very unique creatures that call this special environment home. The aims are to improve the water quality of the catchment and also the Papakura Stream whilst increasing plant biodiversity and the endemic wildlife and aquatic life in and around the stream. Our tasks will be to plant native trees such as cabbage trees, kahikatea and puriri. By planting we will be able to increase the biodiversity or range and number of plant life and wildlife in the area as well as providing a good food source for the now abundant birdlife, birds such as tui and kereru, insects and lizards.

Tūhaitara – Christchurch
The Tūhaitara Coastal Park was established as an outcome of the Ngāi Tahu settlement with the Crown, with the lands being gifted to the people of New Zealand. It is managed by the Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust. The Park is founded on and expresses strong ecological, conservation and cultural values and aims to uphold the mana of Ngāi Tahu whānui by protecting and enhancing the mahinga kai values of Tūtaepatu Lagoon. Activities vary but typically include tree planting, track construction and maintenance and exotic weed removal.

If your company would like to explore opportunities to partner with Conservation Volunteers Australia, please contact our partnership team.