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Mātātā / Fern bird

New Zealand weta in flax bushes

Local populations of the fern bird are lost when wetlands are drained and converted to pasture, and compounded by predation by animal pests.


Help us to help the Mātātā / Fern bird

Fernbirds have declined significantly since humans began draining wetlands. They are now classed globally as at risk, declining.

With over 75% of our indigenous species at risk of extinction*, the Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Alliance is raising funds to help defend the many special species of the Waitākere Ranges.

Thank you for your support of this secretive wetland bird!

*Extinction threat to indigenous species | Stats NZ. 

Image credits: Fern by Toby Hall on Unsplash