Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Rangers Report June 2017

June has been another hectic month, with loads going on again in and outside the reserve and quite a different on the ground operational focus. The ranger committee have been collating and finalising the BHCT draft five-year restoration plan mainly developed by Dr Dai Morgan. The education committee has been busy working with schools, enviroschools and other environmental education organisers such as Kiwi North’s education unit to formalise BH environmental education at NZ standards level and bridging into tertiary studies. A subcommittee involving ex Principal and new BHCT volunteer Colin Andrews, NRC’s enviroschools facilitator Jacque Knight and myself met onsite at Urquharts Bay to discuss and draw up some initial plans for an outdoor environmental education facility. A wonderful group turned out on a stunning Sunday morning to lay 2000 manuka brush over cut holes in Kikuyu at Homebay. Ocean Beach landcare team have continued their excellent efforts trapping and checking toxin stations around their area (quite important now there are Whiteheads hanging out amongst the gardens)! And finally, our hardy trapping/toxin teams out on the reserve have been worked to the bone clearing up all the lines of vegetation, remarking tags and stations, lifting any stations that need it to correct heights and generally ensuring our network of predator control devices are 110% perfect.

All this is part of our ongoing standard and is also in preparation for the vital change in toxin control this winter which will be targeting those darn pesky stoats who do not wish to be trapped and are killing our sensitive bird species. So, grab ya cuppa, wrap a blanket over your knees, sit down, relax read on and enjoy (well hopefully you’ll enjoy).

Read the June 2017 Rangers Report (1.8MB pdf) for more details on this and other stories.