Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Rangers Report March 2016

Bellbird at Bream Head

A bellbird on a sunny day at Bream Head.

Mother nature is lending a hand by providing exceptional growing conditions for both plants and insects which are vital to all our wonderful species living throughout the reserve. I am writing this report whilst sitting in a van up at Mangatutu in the North Western corner of the Pureora Forest as part of the Toutouwai translocation (the actual capture of our manu), the sun is setting and I can hear Kokako, Rifleman, Bellbird and Fernbirds in the distance, we have even seen a native Falcon fly past!! We can’t wait to bring our special new birds back home to Bream Head and most likely we will have completed the first release as you read this!

During March a team from the Trust travelled down the line again to Mangatutu to conduct the second pre-feeding of the Robins and all had a wonderful experience indeed! We have also had other important mahi (work) going on back home such as the awesome Kiwi release at Dave and Pauline Asphin’s property on Ocean Beach Road, the acoustic recorders were located in their usual positions throughout the central reserve to monitor forest bird calls and our communications team have been working non-stop with the organisers of Wild Kiwi (the multisport event to be held April 16 at Whanagrei Heads).

Looking at the trap data it is pleasing to see the reduction in number of stoats and weasel caught year to date in comparison to 2015. Interestingly this month we had to shoot a feral cat, the first for a very long time. Murray Jagger advised us of the deadly predator prowling around the stock yards at Urquharts Bay and it was shot shortly after. Around the end of March there has been a definite increase in take of our Pindone toxin by mice which is a usual occurrence for this time of year as they feed up for winter. Take by rats is virtually undetectable which is positive and the reason why mice take is higher, low rat numbers equals increased mice activity (rats predate on Mice).

Read the March 2016 Rangers Report (889kB pdf) for more details on this and other stories.