At just 3655 hectares in size, Norfolk Island is considered one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world.
Norfolk is home to a whopping 50 endemic species of flora and fauna. In fact, the small island hosts entire forest and coastal ecosystems found nowhere else in the world. Hundreds of thousands of migratory seabirds including shearwaters, terns and boobies nest on the islands every year.
Unfortunately, Norfolk’s incredible biodiversity is in danger. 58 species are considered vulnerable to extinction or endangered. Key threats include feral rats and cats, Argentine ants and weeds.
What are we doing?
CONSERVATION: Wild Mob pioneers conservation initiatives on Norfolk Island to reduce predation and create new habitat for native species. Including the internationally-recognised Green Parakeet.
CULTURE: We work directly with local landholders, conservationists and government bodies to coordinate sustainable conservation initiatives that respect Norfolk’s rich culture and history.
COMMUNITY: We work with a global network of conservation organisations, authorities and volunteers, building an army of champions for Norfolk Island that can collectively affect real change.
COMMERCE: We provide opportunities for people to visit Norfolk and see for themselves this unique and beautiful place. Every visitor to Norfolk Island helps stimulate the local economy, providing more resources to drive conservation.
Invasive flora species like coral berry and African olive smother Norfolk’s native ecosystems.
Wild Mob conducts bush rehabilitation in key reserves throughout Norfolk Island, removing weeds and replanting native species where possible.
Monitoring is vital to any conservation initiative, to ensure your efforts are having the desired outcomes.
Wild Mob conducts regular bird surveys in the Norfolk Island National Park. Teams record species, individuals and GPS locations to monitor bird population trends over time.
Rats devastate the ecosystem here by eating the eggs, young and seeds of endemic and threatened species.
Wild Mob works with landholders in the Anson Bay and other areas on Norfolk to control introduced rat populations. Depending on need we supply bat stations, specially formulated bait that poses minimal threat to non-target species, and assistance in maintaining baiting programs. We’ve also successfully trialled bait-fencing designed to slow the re-colonisation of rat-controlled areas.
Norfolk Island Classrooms
The Norfolk Island Classrooms program gives school students the opportunity to contribute to on-the-ground conservation work on Norfolk Island.
The program develops understanding, knowledge and practical skills in conservation ecology and exposes students to Norfolk’s rich cultural history. Learn more…
In the past 3 years, we’ve:
Built a volunteer tourism program and Bird Week event on Norfolk that not only supplies desperately needed people power, but stimulates the nature based tourism industry and demonstrates that effective conservation on Norfolk has positive economic benefits.
Worked with our mates in Parks Australia and in New Zealand to conduct a peer review of the national park predator control program that helped update that program in 2014.
Facilitated and co-ordinated the threatened species commissioner’s visit to Norfolk which helped get an injection of $300,000 funding into the green parrot recovery program
Funded travel costs for our good friends from Massey University to undertake research into the green parrot’s dietary requirements including seasonal changes
Worked with Parks Australia to author and implement the first stage of the Philip Island biosecurity protocols
Funded, and helped to implement a research project investigating food availability and diversity on Philip Island in preparation for the green parrot translocation program.
Instigated the Anson Bay co-operative rat control program
Our amazing volunteers have completed 80+ person weeks of habitat restoration works providing higher quality habitat for the green parrot and other endangered species
VOLUNTEER: Take a holiday that matters. Join the Wild Mob team on one of our Norfolk Island conservation trips. It’s a unique chance to be directly involved in conservation efforts in the field, discover spectacular places and learn stacks along the way.
SPREAD THE WORD: Help us build our army of mobsters by sharing our story with your friends, family and local community.
Our partners in conservation
Wild Mob would also like to sincerely thank all those Norfolk Islanders that so generously assist our team and our volunteers. Special thanks to Rebecca, Joyce and the Norfolk Island Travel Centre team, as well as Wayne, Jenny and Lee from Hibiscus Apartments.
Wondering what we actually do here on Norfolk Island? Here’s a rundown of one of our incredible trips.