Habitat Tuateawa

North Coromandel Aotearoa New Zealand ecological restoration

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Wetland weeding day post by Cathy Leniston

Hi All,
It never ceases to amaze me how so much more is achieved at our Working Bees than I ever hoped.This was a particularly noisy one with four line trimmers and a lawnmower going at once.
Check it out down there. You can certainly see where they’ve been! They’ve even broken in new ground behind the toilet, building on Liam’s hard work earlier in the year.I call that strip of ground ‘The Buffer Zone’, because it both filters weeds from above to protect the Wetland, and buys a bit of time for the Fire Department to get here if a campfire  does get away.
From now on we will be cutting away spent flax blades throughout the fireban. FENZ (Fire and Emergency), have told us that, whilst the green blades resist fire, embers can smoulder in these dried ones, in the unwelcome event of fire.
Gary provided some more flaxes which some of us helped him plant the previous weekend. Also, he, too, had had his ride-on at work. Thanks Gary.TCDC have been spraying asparagus and other weed regrowth.Maintenance is the key to all this. Its importance can never be underestimatedIn the Wetland itself, this side of the stream, all the trees have been weeded or found amongst the native sedge. Those large enough have had their shields taken off. Convolvulus has been untwined off them and dock seed heads have been removed.More line trimming and convolvulus work is required on the far side. If anyone can help Pat Molloy with this, please tell me. 
Many thanks to all volunteers including Ritchie for keeping the ball rolling, and Shelley in kitchen and Dale in office.
Cathy Leniston.(029)1200439

Photos from Steve and Dale

L>R Gerald, Pat, Richie, Alan S, Sue, Alan F, Dave, Milan, Shelley, Grant, Cathy and Liz.

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Sept. and 31 st Oct 2021.

Once a year we do 2 rounds of baiting to protect fledgling birds. With the permission of DOC (on Public Conservation Land) and with permission of individual landowners we place bait with the utmost care into bait stations (attached to trees according to DOC best practice).

We fill the bait stations twice, two weeks apart and then remove all remaining bait, this is given back to the coordinator for disposal.

Baiters are most careful not to drop any bait on the ground. The bait is not attractive to birds or pets.

The rest of the year we trap, our hard working trappers check and maintain over 300 traps in our area. Through this we have been able to limit the use of bait to once a year. Our continued efforts are showing up in the increase of kaka, Kereru, Tui, Piwakawaka, Ruru, Korimako and a few more.