Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Rangers Report August 2016

It’s been a great month for the Trusts’ Rangers and Volunteers again with plenty of maintenance done on our tracks and equipment.

It’s been a great month for the Trusts’ Rangers and Volunteers again with plenty of maintenance done on our tracks and equipment as we took a break from a full round of toxin checks. We have been able to switch to a bimonthly (every two months) toxin check since August due to the very low rodent activity within the reserve. We calculate the level of activity in two forms, firstly by closely monitoring bait take every month from every line and bait station, and secondly through the results of our tracking tunnel monitoring. In late July the majority of bait interacted with was related to mice, with hardly any detectable rat take (we can gauge this by the way each species eats the bait). In support of this finding our Tracking Tunnel results for August returned 0% Rat Tracking rate – another 0% RTR, a fantastic result for a community restoration project (especially one without a predator proof fence)!!

Checking for Robins

As well as all this predator control taking place the team was able to continue monitoring for our North Island Robins (Toutouwai) with some extra help from two Northtec second year environmental studies students. Jerry and Kushvir have been working alongside the Trust rangers and third year student Nathan Arcus to sweep the reserve, checking all the nooks and crannies for our final birds that need to be found since the release. We still have 12 birds not seen since the initial release (hopefully just being timid) but I am confident that over time we will locate the majority of these cool little birds.

Read the August 2016 Rangers Report (400kB pdf) for more details on this and other stories.