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Bruce Jackson talking about trap modifications

Restoration Hot Tips: Modifications to Traps

The modifications on the Doc200 are a quick release child proof safety latch which requires four deliberate movements to open the box and a trap catch notifications alarm system.

Kirk's daisy

Species Feature: Kirk's daisy

Kirks’ daisy Brachyglottis kirkii var.kirkii  has a threat status of declining.It is still found on the Coromandel Ranges and northern Kaimai Mamaku range, the west coast and King Country, Pirongia and Pureora Forest.

What was once bare and slip prone hillside now covered in emerging manuka, pohutakawa and flax planted in 2015

Community Group Feature: Opito Bay Environment Group

window.onload = function(){window.parent.CKEDITOR._["contentDomReadypage_caption"]( window );} The Opito Bay Environment Group is made up of residents restoring native forest to the Bay. After some initial coastal revegetation was carried out in the late 90's by the current farm owners, Opito Bay Environment Group was given permission in 2002 to carry on with the restoration project planting pohutukawa, flax, karo and ngaio.

Restoration Hot Tips:Placing traps off the ground

Possum traps set on the ground run the risk of catching ground dwelling birds like kiwi and weka. Fortunately, it is easy to place traps off the ground using just a short length of #8 fencing wire bent into a U shape which you staple to a tree.

Community Group Feature: Lower Mangapiko Streamcare Group

The Lower Mangapiko Streamcare Group is a great example of a group that has involved a variety of others with their riparian planting.   Work first began on the stream in 2006 and now 34km out of a possible 41km (both sides of stream) has been restored.

Species Feature: Wrybill

The Wrybill is a species of wading bird which breeds only in the Canterbury and Otago regions of South Island. These regions have wide stony riverbeds that form what’s called braided riverbeds.

Restoration Tips Feature: Feral pig control

Feral pigs can do a lot of damage to native vegetation, bird life and insect life and some community groups are trying to tackle the problem in their patch to reduce the impact on the flora and fauna they are protecting.  

Species Feature: Swamp helmet orchid

At present the swamp helmet orchid is known to grow in only one site in New Zealand and that site is in the Waikato.  The plant is nationally critical.  The area where it grows contains open sedge and wire rush vegetation in wetlands.

Barrett Bush morning tea break

Community Group Feature: Friends of Barrett Bush

Barrett Bush Reserve is one of Tui 2000 Inc projects.  The bush is enhanced and maintained by a dedicated group of around 10 Friends of Barrett Bush.  The 5ha reserve is located at Koromatua south west of Hamilton and is a lowland forest remnant surrounded in farmland.  

Restoration Tips Feature: Basal Bark Herbicide Treatment

 Basal bark herbicide treatment for invasive woody weed management is proving to be really effective.   Sometimes trees, and other woody weeds, just need to go! Why is this? These unwanted plants are often more aggressive than existing native vegetation or the desired forage species and compete for light, water, and nutrients.  

Species feature: Red Crowned parakeet

The Red-Crowned Parakeet, commonly known by its Maori name Kakariki, is a long tailed bright green parrot with a red crown, forehead and band of red which extends from the bill through the eye and a violet blue colour on the tips of its wings.

Community Group Feature: Pukawa Wildlife Management Trust

Bird song in the bush, and the rare native white mistletoe growing on their host trees are signs that biodiversity is flourishing in Pukawa, at the southern end of Lake Taupo.

Species Feature: The NZ Dabchick (photo courtesy of Phil Brown)

New Zealand Dabchick (Poliocephalus rufopectus) The population is estimated at 1700-1800 birds and has a threat status of nationally vulnerable.  The NZ Dabchick is also called weweia by Maori for its occasional shrill call wee-ee-ee. 

Lower Mangapiko Streamcare Group

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