Centre for Biodiversity & Ecology Research

Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science & Engineering

The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

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Urban environment research

Urban restoration is led by Prof. Bruce Clarkson and his research group. A copy of the report summarising recent work at Waiwhakareke is now available. The new website for the park is Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.

Press release Increasing the amount of bush in New Zealand's cities New Plymouth Daily News article.....

New publication - Ecological Restoration and the Law: A Guide for Community Conservation Groups Ewing 2008.....

See Bruce Clarkson's presentation to the NZ Ecological Society on a Perfect City.....

Survey of both the native and introduced flora and fauna present at Waiwhakareke is being undertaken as a baseline measure for restoration work which began in 2004. A vegetation description and plant and bird species lists can be found HERE.

Report on the Hamilton Ecological District
A report on the Hamilton Ecological District is available here.

Dai Morgan and Joe Waas (CBER) and John Innes (Landcare Research) are researching nest predation in Hamilton City. Find out more....

Ecological restoration of urban gullies
A presentation to the 16th International Conference, Society for Ecological Restoration, August 24-26, 2004, Victoria, Canada on ecological restoration in Hamilton City, New Zealand, is available here.

Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park - workshop and community planting
On 6 November 2005 a workshop was held at the University of Waikato to examine the restoration of the 60-ha Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park in Hamilton, and the 3-ha Horseshoe Lake contained within the park boundaries. The park is at present farmland within Hamilton City, and this important urban restoration project is the subject of 4-year funding from the Foundation for Science, Research and Technology. The project lead by Prof. Bruce Clarkson of the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Waikato, who is collaborating with the Hamilton City Council. Following the workshop, wetland plants provided by the Hamilton City Council were planted at the lake edge by about 50 volunteers of all ages. All of the plants were raised by the Hamilton City Council from eco-sourced seed.

Volunteers planting at the edge of Horseshoe Lake, Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.

Bruce Clarkson about to plant an eco-sourced Baumea.