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Franklin pest management projects help local birds

Published: 2 November 2018

There are almost twice as many tūī around Patumahoe today thanks to a predator eradication programme that ran between 2012-2017.

Alongside the pest-control project, volunteer conservation group Whakaupoko Landcare, based between Pukekohe and Waiuku, measured tui numbers at 11 sites three times a year, noting 61 tūī in 2017 and 115 this year.

Whakaupoko Landcare member Andrew Sinclair says bird numbers recover when predators are kept in check and the scheme has been a triumph for can-do country attitude.

The group has raised $100,000 made up of contributions from the local board, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council and Department of Conservation and will expand its efforts into Pukekohe.

Local board pest-management initiatives

A well-cared-for environment is a key outcome in the Franklin Local Board Plan, and chair Angela Fulljames says the board is investing $20,000 in a range of council-delivered and community-led pest management initiatives, including Pest Free Franklin.

"The board is keen to support community-led conservation groups, especially when so many of the members do the wonderful work they do on a voluntary basis.

"We are helping by providing access to information, technical advice and resources, and of course finance."

The board is also working to improve biodiversity at the Hunua Domain Recreation Reserve through initiatives to improve water quality, and is also supporting management of several coastal shell-banks that are home to threatened shorebirds.

Conservation information events

An information event is being held on 4 November to share tips with the local community about the best way to tackle pests like rats and possums. Free traps, chew-cards, bait stations and bait will be available.

The event will take place 10am-12pm, 4 November at Joy Nurseries, 86 Jellicoe Road, Pukekohe.