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Matarangi Reserve

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Ian Patrick
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Matarangi Reserve
New Zealand

A project to establish a walking track was commenced on this reserve in 2009 and on completion the focus turned to removing predators in order to protect and nurture the endangered fernbird as well as encourage the re-population of this forest remnant which had been mined, felled and farmed till the 1950s.

With the assistance and support of DOC and WRC trapping lines have become established, thousands of wilding pines have been removed, and by 2016 over 4500 native trees have been planted to kickstart forest cover and provide a food source for returning native birds.

During track building work an unmodified wetland of 4.5 Ha was discovered which was host to just 3 pairs of the elusive and endangered fernbird, trapping has enabled a significant increse in the population.

The work is being carried out by the volunteers of the Rings Beach Wetland project, operating under the umbrella of the Coromandel Peninsula Coastal Walkways Society Inc.

School, Department of Conservation Waikato Regional Council