Objective 3 of the CHOG Strategy 2021-25 relates to Conservation:
To participate in, and offer advice on, conservation activities and projects
To support this objective, CHOG advises on and makes donations of funds to conservation projects that enhance the environment of Christchurch Harbour for the preservation and encouragement of wildlife.
Recent CHOG Conservation Projects
Each of the following projects has received funding from CHOG:
• Placement of buoys around Stanpit Bight – to show watercraft users the boundary of where it is permitted to use watercraft in the Harbour.
• Viewing platform and interpretation signage on Wick – providing a screened viewpoint over the Wick Hams reedbed, with ramped access.
• Three phases of pool and ditch restoration on Priory Marsh – to improve the attractiveness of the marsh to birds and other wildlife.
• Creation of pools on Central Marsh and by the Visitor Centre at Stanpit, plus a scrape on Central Marsh – to broaden the diversity of habitat on the marsh and attract a wider range of bird and other wildlife species.
• Fenced area at the northern end of the Sandspit – offering an area of minimal disturbance in the hope of attracting breeding Oystercatcher, and to act as a wader refuge at high tides.
• Design, production and manufacture of signage – to better inform and educate visitors to the Harbour of its wildlife and other heritage, allowing them to appreciate the reasons for access restrictions and encouraging compliance with notices.