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.
Warkworth Area AGM
Our branch AGM will be held on Thursday 15 April at 7.30pm. Our speaker will be Annette Lees who will give an entertaining talk on her favourite swimming spots around the country.
We will also be saying farewell to our long-serving secretary, Raewyn Morrison, who has decided to take some time off. This leaves a couple of vacancies on our branch committee. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the committee, (not necessarily as a secretary) please contact Sally Richardson. New members welcome.
Talks will be organised for the winter months and held at 7.30pm at the Totara Park Retirement Village Hall, Melwood Drive, Warkworth. ALL WELCOME
Hauti Reserve, Warkworth
On Sunday 12 July a planting day was held at the Hauti Reserve in Warkworth. There was a good turnout of people and approx. 800 plants were put in the ground and the Friday morning working bees are continuing.
Roger Williams QSM
Committee member, Roger Williams recently received a well-deserved Queen's Service Medal for services to conservation. He has designed and built walkways, boardwalks and bridges and cycleways in various local parks and nature reserves in the Warkworth area. At Parry Kauri Park he designed and built two kauri dieback forest hygiene stations. Roger has been an active member of Forest & Bird for more 40 years and has run local weeding and planting teams. We are lucky to have Roger serving on our Warkworth Area Forest and Bird committee.
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 email@example.com $35 trap and tunnel delivered to your site.
Little Blue Penguin / Kororā Project
Penguin nesting boxes, mostly made by members, have been placed around the Ti Point, Leigh and Goat Island coast. A special dog identified places where penguins were either nesting or had been at Ti Pt. Motion cameras have recorded penguins making nests and feeding chicks.
To further protect little blue penguins and other birdlife we have 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. email@example.com
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 -12am to the weeding project.
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 and Sesquicentennial Walkway Projects
Together, Kowhai Park and the Sesquicentennial walkways make up two beautiful native bush reserves directly within the Warkworth township. Kowhai Park covers several hectares with significant stands of totara, kauri, matai, kahikatea and other native species. It also includes the clear-running Mill Stream and historic lime kilns. The Sesquicentennial Walkway commences adjacent to the historic Bridge House and follows the Mahurangi River southwards past Shoesmith Domain. However, both have needed to be freed of a range of particularly invasive weeds, especially Wandering Jew but also many other “nasties” including privet, acmena, climbing asparagus and many others.
Kowhai Park has now been freed of most of its weeds due to intensive efforts by Forest and Bird volunteers and supporters including the Auckland Council. With the newly upgraded walking tracks re-opened thanks to high priority projects carried out to prevent the spread of Kauri dieback, this reserve should be high on any visitors list.
The Forest and Bird volunteers work focus has now shifted to the Sesquicentennial Walkway with Wandering Jew control well advanced and other weeds being removed progressively. Volunteers are always welcome – please see contact details below.
Volunteers are 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
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