Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Rangers Report – October 2013

Forest Gecko at Bream Head ReserveWe now have eight confirmed lizard species in the Reserve AND counting – well you never know your luck! The eighth species was found by Ben Barr and an equally enthusiastic lizarder from Auckland, Dylan van Winkle. The forest gecko has a very leathery appearance, as can be seen in the photo, due to the way their scales sit relative to each other; this makes them distinctively different to other geckos.

While Ben Barr and student Olly Ball were looking for possible monitoring sites they spotted 8 Bream Head skinks – this is the most we have ever seen in one day and is a very promising sign of population recovery. Amazing what a bit of rat work can achieve.

We have decided to extend the Peach Cove mustelid trap line right around the south face past the Old Woman to the Radar station. Thank you to Clea Gardiner, DOC kiwi team, for helping out with some new double set DOC 200 traps for this job. Baiting fortnightly and using salted rabbit bait have proven to be an excellent combination producing very good outcomes in the trials carried out. If you would like to know how to make your own salted rabbit bait take a look at October’s full Rangers Report.

Read the October 2013 Rangers Report in full (336kB pdf).