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Dart and Rees Bird Count

Dart and Rees Bird Count

6 December 2019

Sadly the bird count this year was cancelled due to the heavy rain and flooded rivers. Safety will always come first. The good news was that we had many volunteers willing to help us. This is the second year running we have cancelled due to rain. Next year we will probably do the count in October. We do wonder if the river birds can survive such high river levels.

Dart and Rees Bird Count

Dart and Rees Bird Count

15 October 2019

We will be doing a bird count on the rivers in the first half of November. The exact dates will depend on the weather and the river flows - last year we had to cancel due to this. The count will be completed over two to three days, weather permitting. We have several people who are volunteering their time - please be in touch if you wish to take part.

DOC Community Fund 2019

DOC Community Fund 2019

10 October 2019

We were successful in our funding application to the DOC Community Fund, winning just over $19,000.00 to build and place traps along the Greenstone Road from Kinloch to Elfin Bay. This trap line will target hedgehogs, rats and stoats. We plan to have the traps placed within the next 2-3 months.

Feral Cats

Feral Cats

4 October 2019

Feral cats are predators that need different trapping techniques compared to trapping of rats, stoats and possum. We are exploring new methods to do this in our area using satellite technology and a link to mobile phones. A trial is currently under way in the Matukituki valley and preliminary results are very encouraging. Watch this space.

Lake Sylvan Traps

Lake Sylvan Traps

2 October 2019

We continue to manage this line of 34 traps. Last month 33 of them were found with rats in them. This is the biggest haul since we took over the management of the traps.

Newsletter

Newsletter

26 July 2019

We published our first newsletter in April and our second in July. If you are not on the mailing list and wish to be on it, please go to the bottom of our home page, fiil in your email address and submit it to us. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Otago Community Trust

Otago Community Trust

24 July 2019

We have just received some great news. Our application to the Otago Community Trust for funding to support our feral cat project has been successful. It has awarded us $6000.00. We must use the money within the next 12 months.

DOC Community Fund 2019

DOC Community Fund 2019

10 July 2019

We have applied to the DOC Community Fund 2019 for funding to help start a new project. We want to put a new trap line alongside the Greenstone Road that runs from Kinloch to Elfin Bay on the northwest side of Lake Wakatipu. Our primary predator target is the hedgehog and secondary target rats and stoats. We expect to hear the result of our application in August.

DOC Community Fund 2018

DOC Community Fund 2018

10 July 2019

Last year the Department of Conservation awarded us $50,000.00 to support our trapping project on the Dart and Rees rivers. As we spent the money we submitted interim and final reports to DOC. We are delighted to say that we came in on budget and that DOC have signed off on the whole project.

Dart and Rees Bird Count

Dart and Rees Bird Count

1 July 2019

We did our first bird count on the Dart and Rees rivers in November 2017. A planned repeat count in November 2018 was abandoned due to very high water flows on the rivers. We will do a count this year in early November. It will take place over 2 days, exact dates to be finalised nearer the time and will depend on the weather and water flows. If you want to be a volunteer and want some more information please contact us. Contact details are on our website.

Braided Rivers

Braided Rivers

26 June 2019

Braided rivers, such as the Dart and Rees, are unique and complex ecosystems that are rare in other parts of the world. The South Island has many wonderful examples. Most New Zealanders and international visitors are unaware of how special they are. These river systems themselves also need protection, as well as the wildlife that use them as a habitat.

BRAID is a braided river conservation and management network that is a tremendous resource. Please visit their website (braid.org.nz) for more information.

Wildlands

Wildlands

19 June 2019

Together with DOC and several other community conservation trusts in the Wakatipu and Wanaka valleys, we have been working closely with Wildlands, an ecology and environmental consulting company. The outcome of all this activity will be a report that will help us plan future projects, both for ourselves and with other trusts and to try and fill the gaps across all our areas of work. When the report is finalised we will update the news here