Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Rangers Report June 2016

June 2016 was the month of the volunteer at Bream Head with the public and school planting days going very well indeed.

June 2016 was the month of the volunteer at Bream Head with the public and school planting days going very well indeed. New volunteers were inducted and trained for duty on the main part of the reserve then were straight out on the hill checking those traps and bait stations with real enthusiasm. I have also been assisting the newly formed Ocean Beach Landcare Group with planning toward predator control within the private land of Ocean Beach. This will be fantastic for the local residents and a further strength for the control buffer of Bream Head.

With the milder than usual weather the autumn increase in rodent bait uptake continued throughout most of June with a high percentage of bait stations hit by mice. Near the end of June there has been evidence of a drop of in rodent pressure so it appears things might slow down for winter at last. Robin sightings were steady with a few more new birds (those not seen since release) found throughout the reserve. Several of the birds are paired up and showing positive signs such as the males feeding the females which is a characteristic commonly displayed prior to courtship and mating! Won’t be long hopefully before we are looking at Robin nests, eggs, then hatchlings – won’t that be a real treat!! Our planting days this year went very smoothly indeed and just under 2800 seedlings were lovingly placed into Papatuanuku (mother earth).

Read the June 2016 Rangers Report (1.5MB pdf) for more details on this and other stories.