Ecosystem Restoration & Rehabilitation

Did you know that less than 1% of the original vegetation remains in the Canterbury region (Walker et al. 2006)? We can work with you to recreate the natural habitat that once occupied your area of interest. This process is not only rewarding to you as the user, but it can also restore important ecosystem services such as the carbon sequestration provided by wetlands, or water filtration so well associated with riparian planting. We have a range of equipment to help us restore and rehabilitate ecosystems, such as our excavator that can quickly create an ideal spot for a future wetland.

Indigenous revegetation

We can consult with you about the habitat you aim to create and the wildlife you wish to attract to the area. Depending on the current conditions, we often use successional planting with indigenous vegetation to ensure the rehabilitation process happens as naturally as possible. We work with nature, not against it, and our main aim is to facilitate regeneration of a fully functional ecosystem. This is never a “quick fix” but we guarantee the results will last for years to come.

Ecological landscape design

Landscapes don’t have to just be pretty – they can be functional too! What could be better than having trees in your backyard that attract native birds all year round? At Keystone Ecology we can help make this a reality by designing your landscape to attract wildlife as well as provide a pleasing aesthetic. We make use of ecotones (the transitional area between two different plant communities) to increase biodiversity in the area and create a more stable, resilient ecological community.


Walker S, Price R, Rutledge D, Theo Stephens RT, Lee WG. 2006. Recent loss of indigenous cover in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 30: 169-177.