Our branch's main project is maintaining Blowhard Bush, a 63 hectare reserve located at the corner of Lawrence Rd and Napier- Taihape Rd (approximately 53km north-west of Hastings).
The reserve was gifted to Forest & Bird by the Lowry family in the 1960s and is home to many native bird species including bellbird, tui, North Island fantail, grey warbler, kereru, shining cuckoo, North Island fernbird, NZ pipit, morepork, silvereye and North Island robin.
School groups are taken to the reserve by branch members to learn about ecology and natural history.
Forest & Bird volunteers work on the reserve planting natives and eradicating introduced pests and their efforts have been rewarded with flourishing birdlife. The reserve contains 55 mustelid traps and 150 bait stations, which are cleared and changed monthly.
The reserve has four walking tracks, which will take you through kanuka and beech forest and many interesting rock passages. Volunteers also maintain tracks, signage and the facilities at the reserve, which include a picnic shelter and public toilet.