Healthy wetlands help protect people and wildlife but they are disappearing at an alarming rate in New Zealand, especially on private land. Forest & Bird has released new figures showing how 13% of our freshwater wetlands have been damaged or destroyed in the past five years. We are calling on the Government to set an ambitious restoration goal – double our existing wetlands to help nature and the climate. We also look at this year’s unusually severe mega-mast and explain why the Department of Conservation needs at least $20m of emergency predator control funding to protect vulnerable bird and bat species from local extinction.
In other highlights we talk to Susan Walker about our warming forests, catch up with Forest & Bird’s new Youth Hubs, celebrate autumn with a fun fungi quiz, and find out all about “carbon farming”. Amy Lewis investigates “bird strikes” at New Zealand’s airports, while Laura Keown finds out how to catch a bat. Rob Beresford answers your questions about myrtle rust and Bruce Mahalski explains how nature is protected even after its dead. Finally, Keith Lyons takes us to possibly the last island nature paradise in Asia. All this plus the chance to win an eco-lodge stay for two people worth nearly $2,000!