Scott ButcherCanterbury Regional Advisor

Scott has extensive experience in various ecological restoration projects in New Zealand and Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Resource Studies (Environmental Management); a first class honours degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts (Anthropology) on climate change adaptation programs in the Solomon Islands.

Scott was born and raised in Christchurch, growing up on the edge of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary and bordering the coast on the other side. Living there meant being surrounded by nature, particularity saltmarsh and coastal plants and animals. This likely fostered an interest in nature that has led to numerous jobs across not for profits, local and central government and independently.

Scott is an avid birder, and is looking forward to getting back into bird watching after a number of years of not being very active. While working as a volunteer for Volunteer Service Abroad in the Solomon Islands a number of years ago he spent much time observing species not formally recorded from the province, this has gradually rekindled his interest in bird watching.

Scott is currently co-chair of Avon-Otakaro Forest Park (Inc), a group which aims to  restore red zone land in the Avon river corridor in Christchurch to create a native forest and wetland park. In his spare time Scott likes to play social football (when not injured) and go for walks on Banks Peninsula or in the Southern Alps.

Phone: 022 343 9069.