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Tree Planting Campaign

Learn to appreciate what we have before it's gone!

The biggest threats to kereru in urban environments are impact injuries with windows and cars, closely followed by habitat loss, predation and illegal hunting.


Plant trees in your garden to encourage kereru to visit.

Kereru have adapted their diet over the years to eat plants that are both Native and Exotic. They are known to eat over 70 species of plants. Some they eat the leaves, some the flowers or the fruit. Some plants they eat all three.

We have compiled a list of Plants – both Native and Exotic that Kereru eat - it should be noted however that the trees listed are specifically for Otago and the surrounding areas. We have also had labels printed and trees that are on these lists have been tagged to make them easily identifiable as being “kereru friendly.” At the moment you will find these tagged trees at five local garden centres – The Red Barn: 375 Andersons Bay Road, Dunedin. Phone 03 455 6123, Ribbonwood Nurseries: cnr Glenelg and Ronay Streets, Bradford, Dunedin. Phone 03 453 4673, WAL's Plant Land: Bush Road, Mosgiel, Dunedin.  Phone 03 4847319,  Hammer Hardware 179 Main Road, Waikouaiti, Otago. Phone 03 4657398 and Nichols Garden Centre, cnr Timaru and Teviot Streets, Dunedin. Phone 03 4551579. We are hoping to add more names to this list over time.

For regions other than Otago: If you wish to plant trees to feed the kereru (and we hope you do!) please check with your local conservancy and garden centres for trees that will grow in your area.

Download: Exotic Plant Species eaten by Kereru

Download: Native Plant Species eaten by Kereru