What do we do?

The main objectives of Western Bay Wildlife Trust are to;

  • Improve key species populations
  • Enhance wildlife habitat
  • Engage and inspire community connection with our environment

Improving key species populations

Improving key species populations includes our work:

  • Monitoring little blue penguin, grey-faced petrels and shorebirds
  • Seabird rescue - 0800 sick penguin hotline
  • Mortality research- Beach patrols for dead seabirds and shorebirds 
  • Data management and reporting



Improving wildlife habitat

Improving wildlife habitat involves:

  • Liaison with stakeholders 
  • Pest trapping, baiting and monitoring 
  • Planting / re-vegetation
  • Habitat / outcome monitoring

Engaging and inspiring our community

Engaging and inspiring our community includes:

  • facilitating community events
  • providing educational talks/workshops

About the RENA

October 2011 was like any other month for the first five days. After that, life changed for Bay of Plenty Wildlife researchers when the cargo ship MV Rena grounded on Astrolabe reef twenty kilometres offshore. 

Thick oil covered the coast, and Massey University activated their Oiled Wildlife Response Unit, of which several future trustees were members. Whilst the majority of the flying birds which came in to contact with the oil were victims, around 373 Little Penguins did survive and, with the efforts of hundreds of individuals calculated at over 1000 hours each, were returned to the cleaned up coastline a few months later. 

This was the first evidence that rehabilitation worked for oiled Little Penguins, and has now proven to the world that spillers are certainly bound to pay for rehabilitating oiled penguins.

This event gave rise to the idea that a Trust could be formed for the care and protection of all wildlife in this part of the Bay of Plenty. Western Bay Wildlife Trust has members that are expert at seabirds, shorebirds, bush birds, marine life and pest control.


What's happening...

NZAEE Seaweek Ocean Champion Challenge

Seaweek 2021 is kicking off from Saturday 6 March to Sunday 14 March 2021. It highlights the importance and diversity of life in our marine environments and calls on Kiwis from all walks of life toRead more

Help us protect nesting shorebirds, penguins and petrels at the beach this summer

Summer is here and no doubt you're planning to spend some time on our beautiful beaches over the holidays. The Western Bay is home to some really special native birds, Little Blue Penguins, GreyRead more

Love Mauao Clean Up

A huge thank you to everyone that came out today to Love Mauao Clean Up - we really appreciate the effort! It was great to work together with Keep Tauranga Beautiful and Predator Free BOP to makeRead more

Little Blue Penguin Monitoring Research

Research by Karin Sievwright on Little Blue Penguins at Mount Maunganui Karin has a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Ecology and Zoology and has recently completed a Master’sRead more

Grey-faced Petrels hang in there on Mauao

Last week in the petrel colony on Mauao, a small team with handling skills received a good Christmas bonus with four birds found – 3 chicks and an attending adult that had just fed a chick. The aduRead more

Planting for Penguins

Thanks to all our wonderfully devoted community getting stuck in to this event run in conjunction with Tauranga City Council. The penguins and other wildlife will be enjoying a healthierRead more

Love is in the air

Our penguin ranger and dedicated volunteers have been busy monitoring the penguins over the breeding season. While we are so excited to have eggs, rapidly growing chicks and some happily fledgedRead more

Oi it's an Oi Egg...Oi!

The grey-faced petrel (Oi) colony have utilised their artificial burrows for laying, saving them a whole lot of digging! We hope to be meeting some chicks real soon! Recent work in the petrelRead more

Conservation Week tours full of bouncy penguins, squeaky petrels and cutie pie-d shags!

Queen penguin inspired and educated our tour attendees on the Wildlife of Mauao! Our first night was full of petrels squeaking and flying overhead, the sea was a little rough and maxed highRead more

Penguin monitoring by microchip

During the Rena incident, Trustees received training from Massey University’s Wildbase vets. We were kept upskilled during monitoring nights last summer.Read more

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