Most conservationists are too busy saving their species or ecosystem of choice to worry about sharing the news of their noble efforts with the public. While their dedication is admirable, not promoting their good work can be detrimental to the cause by isolating the projects from potential volunteers, and sources of funding.
Enter Bush Telly, the New Zealand Ecological Restoration Network’s (NZERN) media arm. Started five years ago, it is Bush Telly’s objective to bring the good work of Aotearoa’s community driven conservation projects to the fore and raise the general public’s awareness of vital conservation issues.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Bush Telly is some kind of television show. It’s not. Rather, Bush Telly uses an array of media types from live streaming internet radio through to educational DVD’s to showcase the conservation efforts of New Zealander’s. Run by passionate conservationists, Bush Telly’s film crew is based in Christchurch and has been filming from Canterbury to Southland.
Bush Telly’s latest and very exciting creation is a production which is running at the 2009 Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch. The exhibit at the show is a live film set, and Bush Telly will be filming 40 interviews and demonstrations while “having a yarn to the real people involved in saving New Zealand’s native plants and animals”. The project is being done with the active support and participation of many agencies, community groups, native plant nurseries and other industry suppliers.
Topics for discussion will include how to make a weta motel, how to create a lizard friendly habitat, how to propagate aquatic plants, the breeding and release of endangered species, how to trap possums, how to erect a predator-proof fence, and what native plants can be used for medicine or food.
Public will be able to watch these interviews live at the show, after which the recordings will be compiled onto a DVD and distributed in the name of education and awareness. The interviews will also be available on Bush Telly Radio, YouTube and Google Video. Not only is this a great opportunity for locals to learn more about conservation in New Zealand, but being an international show it means that the message will reach right around the globe!
The Ellerslie International Flower Show will be running from 11 – 15 March 2009 in North Hagley Park, Christchurch.
To learn more about Bush Telly and to register for one of the DVD’s visit www.bushtelly.org.nz
Note: NZERN is a non-profit community organisation which supports the work of the thousands of individuals, families and groups who have taken on projects to protect and restore areas of native habitat, such as Riccarton Bush Trust, Travis Wetland Trust and Summit Road Society.