The Warkworth Area branch covers the area between Puhoi and Maungaturoto. Members 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
AGM - 19 March 2020
Time - 7.30 pm
Venue - Totara Park Retirement Village hall, Melwood Drive, Warkworth
Speaker - We are really fortunate to host Annette Lees who will give an illustrated talk about the natural places we can swim in here in New Zealand - the rivers, streams and lakes that she has found in her travels. You may recognise some and learn about new places to explore.
Anyone interested in joining our committee, please get in touch with either Rosemary Cullen (ph 09 425 0181) or Raewyn Morrison (ph 09 422 9123) for further details.
Day Trip to Matakohe Island (Limestone Island)
Saturday 2 May 2020
This day trip is by barge for up to 24 people. Please see link to website http://www.limestoneisland.org.nz/We would like to hear expressions of interest. RSVP email@example.com Carpool to Whangarei.
The Warkworth Area 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. The theme for our 2020 winter talks will focus on trapping skills and getting rid of pest plants, as we integrate our new “Pest Free Warkworth” initiative.
It is with sadness that the branch notes the passing of Warwick Massey of Warkworth, on 18 October 2019, aged 85 years.
Warwick has been a Forest and Bird member in excess of 30 years and served on the committee for 15 years, seven of those years as chairperson. He was respected enormously as a mover and shaker of the branch in his years as chairperson.
Dr Roger V. Grace QSM
Roger passed away peacefully on Friday 28 June. He was among the first to raise the issue of marine protection and worked tirelessly, often behind the scenes for the introduction of marine reserves.
Roger joined Forest and Bird as a junior member in the late 50s. After moving to Warkworth, Roger joined the Warkworth Area branch and was a serving committee member. He was awarded Forest & Bird's "Old Blue" award for a lifetime of service to marine conservation.
Pest Free Warkworth
This initiative is in collaboration with other Predator and Pest free organisations in the greater Rodney area, and aims to reduce and where possible eliminate the threat rats, stoats and other mustelids pose to our native birds in urban Warkworth.
Trap tunnels have been made from donated materials by the Warkworth Men’s shed and the organiser has funded some snap traps to start the ball rolling.
To buy a trap and tunnel to remove the pests from your garden please contact Russell Cullen firstname.lastname@example.org $35 trap and tunnel delivered to your site.
Little Blue Penguin / Kororā Project
Over 50 penguin nesting boxes, mostly made by members, have been placed around the Ti Point, Leigh and Goat Island coast. Auckland Council organised a special dog to explore the Ti Point coast and 16 places where penguins were either nesting or had been were identified. We were told there are likely to be quite a few more, but due to bad weather the time available for the dog was reduced.
To further protect little blue penguins and other birdlife we have begun a predator control programme targeting rats, stoats, weasels and possums around the coast. If you live locally and would be keen to help with predator controls please contact Jenny on email@example.com. We are also interested in any sightings of little blue penguins coming ashore around the local coast.
Weeding & Enhancing Walkway
Warkworth Area Branch of Forest and Bird started a local initiative to weed and enhance the walkway from Hauiti Drive and Blue Gum to behind the Grange shops, Warkworth. The workers decided to designate Friday morning from 10 -12 to the weeding project.
Meetings with Auckland Council staff restoration advisor and Park ranger have inspected the site and will advise on suitable planting for the area. It has been most pleasing to find a wealth of native seedlings sprouting under the cover of the privet and acacia. The workers were also surprised to find a large concrete weir in the stream.
A keen team of four or five men and women regularly attend the Friday morning sessions with contributions from others who work full time at the weekends. Contact if you would like to join in is Rosemary Cullen firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
Mothplant 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 mothplant will continue to come in the 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.
Forest & Bird Coast Care Group, Leigh
The Coast Care 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, the group's 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 including an area of bush bordering a stream with eels and other native fish. The group received a Weedbuster award for this project.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
Volunteers are always appreciated. If you want to lend a hand, contact Roger Williams on 09 425 9127