Forest & Bird is helping native wildlife flourish in the Auckland region through the South-East Wildlink.
The project aims to protect native birds, lizards and critically endangered long tailed bats, which have been spotted in the wildlink area.
Forest & Bird volunteers have been carrying out pest control for years in its two reserves in the wildlink – the 20 acre Olive Davis Reserve and the 37 acre Ngaheretuku Reserve, and in 120 acres of adjoining bush.
The community has now banded together to help rid the wildlink of predators. About 25 local landowners have started controlling rats, possums and stoats on private properties within the project area.
Forest & Bird South-East Wildlink project manager Naomi Harrison hopes more landowners will get involved in pest control to help increase the numbers of native birds, bats and lizards.
Naomi provides a free service creating pest control plans for landowners and setting up traps and bait stations on their properties. The trap and bait station locations are mapped with GPS technology.
The wildlink aims to create a corridor of native bush between the two Forest & Bird reserves, Totara Park, Auckland Botanic Gardens, and Clevedon Scenic Reserve in South Auckland. This will provide safe habitat for native birds and other wildlife to feed, roost and breed.
Eventually, Forest & Bird hopes that the South-East Wildlink will connect with Hunua and Waitakere regional parks and pest free islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
This summer, recording devices will be used to detect potential bat populations within the wildlink. These devices capture the bats’ echolocation calls that are mostly too high for the human ear to hear. Long tailed bats have the highest threat ranking of nationally critical, so the wildlink could play a vital part in their survival.
The wildlink is already home to about 35 species of birds. Forest & Bird hopes more endangered native birds will fly in from nearby areas. Rare native birds, lizards and plants could also be translocated into the wildlink in the future.
We are looking for volunteers to help with the project and local landowners who would like to become involved.
What can you do
- Volunteer with our project
- Help a local landowner to do predator control on their property
- Take part in a local bird count