Today, you'll see a group of low-lying commercial buildings in a large expanse of concrete. Picture instead, as we do, a tree-covered plaza opening on to walk-in aviaries, terrariums (for the lizards), large aquariums, a cafe and gift shop.

They're the planned backbone of our wildlife and conservation centre on the banks of the Manawatu River in Foxton. We'll also be regenerating the native habitat around the centre to attract and nourish wild birds from the nearby, internationally-recognised estuary.

Our links with the many academics and experts who share our concerns for conservation will help to guide the centre's work sustainably and in line with international best practice. This will open up valuable study opportunities for the education organisations who are already voicing their support.

Yes, it is ambitious. But it's why we were compelled to start the Trust: to turn bright dreams and bare concrete into a conservation centre benefiting wildlife and humans alike.

Join us, and share our journey. New Zealand's wildlife deserves nothing less.

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June 15, 2016

Please scroll through the file below to see some of our current activities.

Home sweet-smelling home at the estuary
July 7, 2015

How do so many amazing seabirds repeatedly end up at the Manawatu Estuary? New research indicates they smell their way there.

Dogs of the air?! Nature really is awesome.

Wrybills feeding on the estuary yesterday
July 1, 2015

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We have Wrybills feeding at the estuary at the moment.

Here's a great shot taken yesterday by Terry Oliver-Ward. (Click it to see it full size and here are some more great Wrybill shots taken yesterday by Terry.)

The Wrybill is the only bird in the world with a laterally-curved bill (always curved to the right), which it uses to reach insect larvae under rounded riverbed stones. Wrybills are completely dependent on braided rivers in the South Island for breeding; and, after breeding, almost the entire population migrates north to winter in the harbours of the northern North Island.

More info on these amazing birds here.


Wildlife Foxton Trust has four main goals:
To provide an educational and tourist wildlife centre in Foxton. To assist in Foxton's rejuvenation and tourism planning. To help restore the Foxton River Loop. To be proactive in ecological causes in the wider region.