We work with the community on projects to restore bush, weed and pest control and increasing backyard biodiversity.
Bullock Track Bush
Our newest bush restoration project, with our first weeding session taking place in November 2018.
This triangle of mostly native trees has been struggling against the morning glory and other weeds and we are taking on the challenge to make this area thrive. The patch of land contains older and younger trees and shrubs put in a few years ago which have survived because of those in the community who have been weeding around them. There are at least five Kahikatea planted by an independent volunteer 20 years ago which are flourishing.
We began planting on this site in June 2019, and will continue to hold regular working bees. We need volunteers to help get this project fully established.
Balmoral Heights Butterfly Park
Reviving New Zealand native butterflies, our expert Rob Jones leads this project establishing natural habitat for the purpose of providing Red and Yellow Admiral, Copper, and Long tailed blue Butterflies with a place to nest and flourish within the city. This reserve is wonderful place to visit in the summer to catch a glimpse of these butterflies you might not otherwise see in Auckland.
We hold regular working bees in the reserve each year to maintain this habitat, planting, weeding, watering and pruning. We always need extra pairs help at these events and welcome all those that would like to help.
Two groups are involved with mostly clearing and weeding to promote the growth of appropriate seedlings which are coming through. Separately, a group is involved with trapping: we have two trap lines that are operated at different times of the year and inspected twice a week. Over time we have seen the catch numbers of possums and rats decline with mice holding steady. Again separately, I carry out poison baiting on a single line in pulses throughout the year.
We are involved solely with trapping and baiting here as weeding is carried out under contract by Wildlands. We have a single line of 30 stations that is inspected either once or twice a week. The catches are mostly of mice although we have seen a stoat there and even a ferret. As at Selwyn Bush, baiting is done in a pulsed fashion.