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Kapiti Coast Biodiversity Project
Escarpment - Pukerua bay to Paekakariki - Queen Elizabeth Park
and Whareroa Farm Reserve ( Mackays Crossing SH1 Paekakariki)New Zealand
The three year project ended in April 2018. It was supported by a Ministry for the Environment grant to assist volunteers to improve biodiversity on the Kapiti Coast. Four main areas on the southern Kapiti Coast were covered in the work - Queen Elizabeth Park, the Paekakariki-Pukerua Bay escarpment, the Whareroa Farm Reserve and part of Perkins farm/Middle Run. It was run through the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park.
There were six streams of work.
• Birds, including Korora (Little 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 was on 'citizen science' and public education.
The project involved four main land owners - DOC, Greater Wellington Regional Council, KiwiRail and the New Zealand Transport Agency. The Kapiti Coast District Council also support restoration efforts within the area.
In addition, the project supported the work of urban trappers, in particular the Paekakariki 'Rat Pack' and Predator Free Pukerua Bay.
More detailed information on the projects can be found in the documents section of this website.
During life of the project there have been two active Facebook pages. One is the open 'Kapiti Biodiversity Project'. The other is the 'Kapiti Mainland Island'. This is closed group and is used by the pest trappers in the area to share information. Both continue beyond the end of the project.
In addition a number of volunteers with the wider project have used NatureWatch to record field observations.
In late 2017, it was announced that the Kapiti Biodiversity Project had obtained a one year grant from the Department of Conservation to further pest control on the Kapiti Coast. This new project will be run through Nga Uruora- Kapiti Project.