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Pycroft's Petrel

Pycroft's petrel on Motuora Island.

Credit: Sally Richardson

The Warkworth branch covers the area between Puhoi and Maungaturoto. The branch has over three hundred members who work together to help restore the environment back to its natural ecological state.  

To get involved contact Sally Richardson 09 425 0161 or Raewyn Morrison on 021 048 0185

 

2018 Winter Talks

The following talks were held at the Totara Park Village Hall, Warkworth.

  • Thursday 21 June Conservation Dogs by Colin Christie
  • Thursday 19 July Recent Bird Relocations by Kevin Parker
  • Thursday 16 August Marine Matters by Karen Field
  • Thursday 20 September Plastic Polution in the Ocean by Jud Croft

Branch Projects

Kowhai Park Project

Kowhai Park is a 2ha stand of native forest at the northern entrance to Warkworth. This Forest and Bird-supported community initiative aims to restore and regenerate the park which runs alongside SH1. There are stands of totara, kauri, kahikatea and other native species. The Mill Stream flows along the length of Kowhai Park. The main 'nasty' is Wandering Jew, which is being cleared by hand rather than spraying. Though slow this method is highly effective in helping the forest to regenerate.

Volunteers are more than welcome to come along from 9:30am - 12pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month to help out. Please contact Sally Richardson 09 425 0161 or email salizrich@gmail.com

Forest & Bird Mothplant Eradication

The mothplant eradication within the greater Leigh/Whangateau area has been very successful thanks to the huge response from people in this area.

Moth plant is a fast growing vine that can rapidly smother and replace native vegetation, making it a very big threat to our native planting schemes. Unfortunately Mothplants will continue to come in their hundreds for a few years unless kept under regular surveillance. They are considered by many to be the next big threat to our reserves and off shore islands, because the dandelion like seeds can be spread through wind-sources far and wide.

Community Coast Care Group – Leigh

The Community Coast Clear Group is led by Forest and Bird members dedicated to pest plant eradication and is strongly supported by DoC and Auckland Council.

As Leigh is the closest point on the mainland to Hauturu/Little Barrier Island, its objective is to stop the spread of wind borne seeds to the island, and also across the bay to Tawharanui Regional Park.

The group targets moth vine, climbing asparagus, pampas and other invasive weeds on both public and private land on the Leigh coast. A new area of cliff top reserve in Leigh is now being cleared next to a stream containing native fish and eels. A Weedbusters award was won last year for the project, which is an ongoing one for the group.

The group meets monthly and is always looking for more volunteers. Communication is via email so if you would like to know more please email corsut15@gmail.com 

Parry Kauri Park

The branch has been active in planting natives for Auckland Council reserves. Planting usually occurs in May and June each year.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this project, please contact branch secretary Raewyn Morrison: Ph: 09 422 9123
Email: morrisons.takatu@gmail.com

Mt Tamahunga Trappers

Mount Tamahunga is mostly covered in bush and the majority of the land is owned by Doc. The Tamahunga Trappers group contains many F&B members, who trap stoats and rats. In the last 18 months hundreds of stoats and rats have been caught by members of the group.

An educational trip was held in April, which involved a group of people tramping up to the summit. The trip involved introductory talks about the mountain, its botanical coverings as well as some workshops on trapping. Demonstrations on how to remove a rat from a trap and re bait were shown to the group. For more details contact Eliane on elianelagnaz@gmail.com

Little Blue Penguin Project 

Little blue penguin on the shore

Nesting boxes have been made by members and will be placed in appropriate places around the coast, starting with Ti Point and Leigh. We are interested in sightings of little blue penguins coming ashore around the local coast. For further information contact Jenny on enderbys@xtra.co.nz 

Get involved

Volunteer

Volunteers are always appreciated. If you want to lend a hand, contact Roger Williams on 09 425 9127

Winter Talks

The Mid North Branch holds regular talks for those who would like to know more about the ecological issues faced by Forest and Bird. These talks are held in the Totara Park Village Hall, Warkworth at 7:30pm. 

 

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