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
Dr Roger V. Grace QSM
Roger passed away peacefully at Warkworth Hospital on Friday 28 June. Roger was among the first to raise the issue of marine protection. He worked tirelessly, often behind the scenes for the introduction of marine reserves and continued to do so right up to his passing.
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.
A memorial service for Roger will be held at the Snells Beach Community Hall, at 2pm on Saturday 20th July.
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, 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.
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 will be "Little Critters." If you have any ideas of good speakers please let us know.
Thursday 20 June - Chris Green - wetapunga
Thursday 18 July
Opisthobranchs - the Butterflies of the Sea by Tony Enderby
Thursday 15 August - TBA
Thursday 19 September - TBA
Last Year's 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
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
Ti Point - Goat Island Little Blue Penguin / Korora Project
Over 40 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers are always appreciated. If you want to lend a hand, contact Roger Williams on 09 425 9127