Listed: 31st March 2023
In March, Dave and Ross from The Tūpiki Trust visited to learn about some of the work the grant from the Trust had facilitated. Phil our technical and field advisor, Bonnie our Whakatipu hub coordinator and Sarah our Makarora hub coordinator took them up Wye Creek to show them one of our trap lines. There they ran into Ben and Will who were cutting a track for a trapline in the Wye Creek catchment. Grants from organisations like the Tūpiki Trust allow us to expand on our trapping efforts to increase biodiversity gains throughout our region and protect our environment.
Another project made possible by funding from the Tūpiki Trust involved a team of four flying into the upper North branch of the Young Valley to conduct a brief ‘biodiversity assessment’ of the area, particularly searching for rock wren, whio and mohua as well as getting a feel for pest numbers and the practicality of doing future work in the area.
Our team found rock wren and whio as well as ideal habitat for many species including mohua and long-tailed bats. There was also sign of predators – so we are now undergoing planning for increased protection of this incredible area.
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