Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Rangers Report May 2018

In our new Geographic Information System (GIS) you can see we now have a very tight network of mustelid and feral cat traps around the entire reserve.

“Tangi te kaka, tangi te korimako, ka tangi au!” (Like the song/cry of the kaka, like the song/cry of the bellbird, now it’s my time to sing.) I just thought I would use this nice Maori chant (usually used at the start of a speech) to start this month’s report and ‘sing’ about the very real increased sightings and song of our self-repatriated kaka and korimako/bellbird. Of course, there are many other birds showing an increased abundance also, such as miromiro/North Island tomtit, riroriro/grey warbler, tui, tauhou/silver eye, piwakawaka/fantail, kukupa/wood pigeon, and ruru/morepork. Excitingly on the back of last season’s positive outcome, even the breeding calls of Oi/grey faced petrel are being heard and recorded all through the coastal side of the reserve. I know there is potential for bird numbers to fluctuate in projects like this, so I do hope that this recent trend of increased bird abundance continues through the seasons to come, it’s so empowering to know that the hard work and dedication from so many provides such enjoyable, real outcomes.

Planting despite Myrtle Rust

During May, the Trust has also over sprayed the planting site at Home Bay from last winter, as part of a plan to utilise a proven revegetation method of laying a thicker composition of Manuka slash laden with seed. This plant revegetation system has had to been utilised in order to revegetate this area now that we are not able to use nursery raised seedlings due to the threat of inadvertent spread of Myrtle Rust. In the photo below you can see our two dedicated volunteers Bill Mallett and Geoff Pike trudging the spray gear by barrow over to Home Bay and then carefully clearing away weeds from around seedlings that did strike from last winters effort.

Bill Mallett and Geoff Pike

GIS mapping tool is the Bees Knees

Our increased weed control programme and new trap lines have been added into a new Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping programme the Trust is using to assist our effort. This system will provide the team with maps upon which we can layer all the different kinds of work we do over the reserve topography for good reporting and to utilise in pest management and species monitoring. In the map shown at the top of the page I wanted to show you the new BHCT mustelid and feral cat trap line running from Peach Cove Hut to Smugglers Beach. Up to now we had BHCT mustelid and feral cat traps in a line from the radar station over to the south side below Te Whara and along to Peach Cove Hut. You can see we now have a very tight network of mustelid and feral cat traps around the entire reserve.

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