A citizen science project that aims to boost biodiversity by bringing back native mistletoe into urban Christchurch.
Native green mistletoe/pirita has all but disappeared from urban Christchurch. Native birds, needed to spread mistletoe, are rarely found in the city. This means mistletoe isn’t returning naturally and needs our help.
Help us establish 500 mistletoe around Christchurch which will boost biodiversity; attracting native birds and insects back to our urban environment.
In 2017, over 300 volunteers sowed mistletoe seeds and have been keeping us up to date on their progress. From this, we know that 350 mistletoe have germinated in backyards around Christchurch.
Failures are just as important as successes as these have given us a greater understanding of mistletoe establishment and allowed us to refine the project for 2018.
If you're not already on our mailing list, register your interest and we'll be in touch soon regarding the 2018 mistletoe sowing.
If you're already on our mailing list we'll automatically let you know when you can collect seed.