The Warkworth Area 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
Cue Haven Visit - Saturday 28 September 2019
Each year we give a morning to help this re-vegetation project on the Kaipara. Lunch provided, no charge. Car pooling from Shoesmith Domain at 9am. Book with Raewyn at email@example.com
Weeding & Enhancing Walkway
Sunday 29 September and Tuesday 1 October 2019
We are starting a local initiative to weed and enhance the walkway from Hauiti Drive and Blue Gum to behind the Grange shops, Warkworth. Working bees will start with the expectation that weeding will reduce to one session per week. 10am till midday. Contact Rosemary for more details on firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that the Sunday is also daylight saving.
Omaio Garden - Saturday 12 October 2019
Visit to Omaio Garden, Whitmore Road, 10am start. Register with Sally who will then send directions to this internationally recognised garden. Cost is $20 cash. Morning tea included. email@example.com. Highly recommended
Kowhai Festival - Sunday 13 October 2019
Be sure to come and visit us at our stall near the Westpac Bank in Baxter Street. It’ll be a busy weekend! Pest Free Warkworth will be a focus for the stall as will the sales of calendars, tea towels and canvas bags. A chance to buy useful and decorative Christmas presents and to know that you’re contributing to our main fund raising efforts for the year.
2019 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. The theme for our 2019 winter talks was "Little Critters."
Thursday 20 June - Chris Green - wetapunga
Thursday 18 July - Tony Enderby - nudibranchs
Thursday 15 August - Mick Clout - Kakapo
Thursday 19 September - Curious creatures in the sea.
Dr Roger V. Grace QSM
Roger passed away peacefully at Warkworth Hospital 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 and joined trips organised by the Auckland Branch as well as monthly evening talks. These events shaped a lot of Roger’s knowledge and interest in marine and land animals and plants. 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.
Forest and Bird Honours
Two Branch members have been awarded with NZ honours from Forest and Bird last year. Roger Williams received his Old Blue award in Wellington at the Conference. Warwick Massey was awarded an inaugural Te Kouka award at the North Island meeting near Tauranga in September. We are very proud of both these men whose contributions to the branch continue to be significant. I also wish to acknowledge their wives, Patte and Hueline, for their fantastic support as well.
Motu Kaikoura Visit
During March 2019, a group of 23, visited Motu Kaikoura near Great Barrier Island and stayed two nights. We explored many of the walking tracks, swam off the beach or wharf and had a great social weekend away. Many kaka squawked over head and other birds seen included grey warbler, silvereyes, fantails and a little blue penguin.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ti Point - Goat Island Little Blue Penguin / Korora Project
Over 50 penguin nesting boxes, mostly made by members, have been placed around the Ti Point, Leigh and Goat Island coast.
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.
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.
Community Coast Care Group – Leigh
The Community 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, 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 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