Chairs Report for AGM May 3rd, 2015
During the year we have been very involved in helping to set up projects to support two important birds.
The start up of a new nesting site for Fairy terns, where we funded pest traps and the monitoring of these as well as helping to prepare and build a shell bank. Thanks to our volunteer coordinator Jane Ferguson and her team for this hard work. This project now continues on with more funding from ASB which we are thankful for.
After helping to fund the Storm Petrel monitoring project, this too has now been able to attract more funding from elsewhere from the results and research obtained. This project continues to grow with Chris Gaskin at the helm.
On a more localised level:
- Balmoral Heights Reserve in Mt Eden – this is now a dedicated butterfly park and the Eden Albert Council funded an educational sign to place in the park in March this year. This is a great place to bring school children and butterfly enthusiasts to learn about which host plants to plant in their own gardens and which butterflies they can attract. It’s just on the corner of Mt Eden Rd and Balmoral road.
- The Unitary Plan – we have donated funds to Forest and Bird Head Office to help towards consultation fees for various submissions.
- Pourewa – Jane, Roy and volunteers carry out ongoing maintenance and weeding work here every Wednesday and volunteers are welcome to join them.
- Chamberlain Park in Glendowie – more planting will re-commence in May.
New projects we are considering:
- A Bat project on Rotoroa Island – we are considering involvement in a project to do a bat count and find out where they are roosting and what needs to be done to protect them so that more funding can be raised if necessary.
- Windmill Park in Mt Eden is a project we are hoping to be able to work on alongside the Auckland Council as another butterfly habitat. In fact we are meeting with them on Tuesday to discuss this further.
- Onehunga Foreshore – the road works and shore works have almost been completed and we hope to get involved with some planting work and trapping for pest management. This could be a good nesting or roosting site for seabirds such as dotterels and banded rails.
- The Fieldtrips and KCC trips continue to be popular and I would like to thank all of those people who attend them as well as our team who organise them. I would also like to thank those of you who purchased our 2015 Calendars and Diaries as our main fundraiser. It all helps and goes a long way.
Lastly, I would like to thank our team on the committee as well as all of the volunteers who continue to make a positive difference to our environment and our society.
I would like to move that my report be accepted?
I would now like to invite John Hally to present the treasurer’s report and the field trips report.