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Pauatahanui Fern Bird Update May 2018

Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve Committee Fern Bird Update May 2018 In April 2017 22 Fern Bird were trans-located from Lake Rotokare, Taranaki to Pauatahanui Reserve. Breeding success over 2017 produced 12 juvenile birds. Monitoring was carried out by OSNZ and PWR volunteers. With this success a further 25 Fern Bird were translocated from Lake Rotokare over two days in April 2018 with the support of the Stout Trust which was also a significant donor to Pauatahanui Reserve restoration projects in the 1980's. Fern Bird release Pauatahanui Reserve Photos : David Cornick In terms of Fern Bird transfers the project is complete. The ongoing success of the project is dependant on the team of trappers and trackers maintaining a low level of pest invasion. Ten recording cameras on loan from Greater Wellington were positioned around the Reserve for one month in 2017 to observe pest activities and movements. Possum , Cats , Rats and Stoats were recorded. This highlights how essential pest control is to holding low pest numbers in an open Reserve. Additional protection is now in place with Greater Wellington providing a trapping network within the inlet catchment and a halo surrounding Pauatahanui Reserve. This network was further reinforced when Spotless Crake were heard and more recently observed.


Photos David Cornick