Bream Head Reserve from Manaia


The Smuggler’s Track Maintenance Group

On the second Thursday of the month this group meets at the Urquhart Bay car park. They grub thistles, attack gorse, clear small slips, clean drains and generally keep the tracks in good condition. It is a happy, social few hours on one of the prettiest tracks in the country. Phone Colin Edwards, 436 3561, or just turn up with your spade.

Bream Head Bird Monitoring Volunteers

This newly formed group are working under the guidance of Mike Butcher and have reinstated the five minute bird call count. They have also installed acoustic monitoring devices to record data and analyse it. If this sounds like you, give Mike a call on 021 087 00799.

Ocean Beach Weed Management

Five Year Plan 2013 – 2018

Ocean Beach is seriously compromised by invasive weeds. Our aim for weed management is the natural recovery of indigenous species and we want to work with the local community, Friends of Bream Head, Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council to knock back the weeds.


Volunteers clearing exotic iceplant from Ocean Beach 2012

Building on the success of three weeding events in 2012 and 2013 we have decided to extend efforts at Ocean Beach. We have divided the beach into four distinct zones – Foredunes, Backdunes, Main Stream and Pine Forest. Wendy Holland (co-chair of our Restoration Committee), Laura Shaft (WDC) and Sara Brill (NRC) made a site assessment and have provided specific advice on weed management and chemical control. Major pests include exotic iceplant, buffalo grass, poplar, bamboo, lantana and German ivy.

Bringing this advice into one place we have created a Five Year Plan for weed management and restoration at Ocean Beach. The plan is now publicly available (see below) and we are inviting comments and participation from the local community, organisations and anyone interested in conservation along our coast.

Read the full Five Year Strategic Plan for Invasive Weed Management and Revegetation at Ocean Beach (846kB pdf). Please email your comments to Wendy Holland


More iceplant clearing at Ocean Beach