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Friends of A’Deane’s Bush

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Kay Griffiths, Jay Benton
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A’Deane’s Bush Scenic Reserve, Makaretu Rd
Ashley Clinton, Central Hawke’s Bay
New Zealand

Friends of A’Deane’s Bush want to see this area as a wildlife sanctuary where plants and animals flourish, and locals and visitors are encouraged to learn about and engage in ecological restoration. 

This 40 ha lowland forest features rimu, matai, kahikatea and totara – and exhibits great diversity of native plants and animals. The 1km track passes one of NZ’s  largest standing totara.

The Friends have a Memorandum of Understanding with DOC to work together to achieve this vision, and are continually controlling pest animals and also pest plants.  Every winter sees a few hundred more plants in the ground, with community and school planting days.  Sherwood school is an integral part of the program and the whole school is involved in all aspects of the ecological restoration - from monitoring rat numbers to counting numbers and types of beetles under our tree wraps.  In 2014  reintroductions began with the transfer of 59 tititipounamu from Maungaharuru down to A'Deane's Bush.  In 2016 a futher 31 birds were transferred to ensure genetic diversity of the population.  Despite the birds doing very well for the first 2- 3 years, in the summer of 2017 /18 the population appears to have dropped significantly.  We are not sure why, although there has been a spike in rat abundance, which we know are one of the main predators.    

 Friends are made up of neighbours, the school, DOC, Forest and Bird and other locals and are guidedin the restoration efforts by The Conservation Company.

John and Jay Benton
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, DOC, Sherwood School, Tamatea Taiwhenua, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Takapau

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