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Kapiti Coast Biodiversity Project
The project is using a Ministry for the Environment grant to support volunteers to improve biodiversity on the Kapiti Coast. Four main areas are covered in the initial work - Queen Elizabeth Park, the Paekakariki-Pukerua Bay escarpment, the Whareroa Farm Reserve and part of Perkins farm/Middle Run.
There are six streams of work. These are
- Birds, including blue penguins
- Rare dune plants
- Native freshwater fish and other aquatic life
- Increasing animal pest control across the region, including in urban areas
A key focus is on 'citizen science' and public education.
The project involves three main volunteer groups and four land owners- DOC, Greater Wellington Regional Council, KiwiRail and the New Zealand Transport Agency. The Kapiti Coast District Council also support restoration efforts in the area. In addition. the project involves the Paekakariki 'Rat Pack' and there is close co-operation with the Friends of Paekakriki Streams.
More detailed information on the pest control and lizard streams of work can be found in the documents section of this website. Newsletters can also be found in this section.
The project also has two active Facebook pages. One is called 'Kapiti Biodiversity Project'. This set of pages is an open group. It contains information about the wider project and is regularly updated. The other is the 'Kapiti Mainland Island'. This is closed group and is used by the pest trappers in the project to share information.
In addition a number of volunteers with the wider project are using NatureWatch to record field observations.