New Zealand’s native plants and animals are our national treasures however too
many of them are under pressure from introduced pests. Help save our pint-sized
urban penguin, or our unique bats this Christmas by supporting our work to ensure
these creatures can nest in peace.
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Little blue penguin
Little Blue Penguin. Photo: David Hallett.
The population of the world’s smallest penguin is in decline. Stoats are the biggest threat to their survival, though cars, dogs and human interference are contributing to their
difficulties. Through our Places for Penguins programme
we’ve built and distributed over 250 nestboxes around Wellington’s south coast. These boxes keep out predators & protect nesting little blue penguins when they’re most vulnerable. Soon we plan to roll out this programme to other penguin hotspots.
Click here to support the Little blue penguin.
Fantail. Photo: Roger South.
Fantails, or pïwakawaka, are one of our most commonly seen native birds, which is surprising because few fantail chicks make it to adulthood. Their resilience as a species is because of their prolific breeding and pest control to stop rats eating fantail eggs and chicks. Forest & Bird’s pest control work helps reduce rat numbers and enable more juvenile fantails to survive.
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Rata in flower.
Possums adore rätä, and after over a century of vigorous
browsing by these introduced pests many areas no longer have the rätä’s magnificent blooms. Mature trees can die within three years of intensive browsing by possums. 1080 has
proven to be an effective tool to revive rätä. Forest & Bird continuously lobbies for more extensive use of pest control.
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North Island brown kiwi
Brown kiwi. Photo: DOC.
The North Island brown kiwi is classified as endangered and the population is declining. Young kiwi have no defence against mammal predators, especially stoats, and 94 per cent of chicks die before adulthood in areas without pest control. Forest & Bird is part of the Kiwi Recovery Programme, which is working to give kiwi a better chance.
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Kereru. Photo: Roger South.
Our kereru (New Zealand wood pigeon) plays a vital role in maintaining the health of our forests. They are the only surviving species able to disperse the large seeds of
native trees such as karaka, püriri, tawa and taraire. However, predation and competition with possums for food have caused
a decline in kererü numbers. Through our nationwide kererü count and possum control work in lowland native forests,
Forest & Bird is working to make sure kererü don’t follow
the fate of the moa, and the health of our forests is maintained.
Click here to support the kereru.
Over the past century, bat numbers have declined dramatically with major habitat loss and predation from introduced pests, such as rats. Without human intervention, it’s estimated long-tailed bats will become extinct in the next 50 years. Forest & Bird’s Bat Recovery Programme at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve in Marlborough includes extensive pest trapping &
monitoring to give the bats the best chance of survival.
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