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Waikowhai wildlife sanctuary project
A string of native bush reserves lie along the northern edge of the Manukau Foreshore. There are areas of precious remnant native coastal forest which require protection. The forests act as habitats for wildlife.
Currently, an enthusiastic and dedicated group of 30+ local volunteers are carrying out intensive animal pest control within a 140 hectare area.
1. To reduce possum and rat numbers to low levels within the sanctuary zone
2. To expand current pest control activities to feral cats and stoats
3. To expand current animal pest control activities from 75 to 140 hectares
4. To identify Kereru nesting sites and establish animal pest traps around them
5. To establish bird, insect and invertebrate monitoring sites
6. To establish a panel of expert people to provide ongoing guidance
7. To encourage students to study flora and fauna within the sanctuary zone