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. 

2018 mistletoe sowing

  • We will be handing out mistletoe seeds on Friday 1 June, 11am to 4.30pm and Saturday 2 June, 10am to 2pm from the Old Info Centre (opposite the Armagh Street footbridge).
  • Register your interest below so we know to get enough seed for you.
  • We will give you a packet of 20 seeds and sowing guide to give you your best chance of success.
  • You will receive three surveys over the next 12 months, which will help us keep track of our successes and failures.
  • We aim to have 500 mistletoe plants thriving in urban Christchurch.

Register your interest

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.

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