Category: Conservation

Pateke/Brown Teal on the lagoon

Pateke at Stillwater

Pateke/Brown Teal on the Lagoon There are three pateke on the lagoon behind the Weiti chenier – one male and two females. The male is in front and has a greeny/iridescent head and one of the females is ringed – metal/white. Pateke have bred here for the past two years at least and it’s looking good for this year too.…

20/21 Karepiro Birds

Bird News from the Beach 20/21 Seasons The Weiti and Okura cheniers and Karepiro beach offer a wonderful opportunity to view at close hand some iconic New Zealand waders. These areas are ecologically sensitive and care should be taken to keep out of the roped-off areas where New Zealand Dotterels and Variable Oystercatchers nest, and remember not to disturb the…

Spring 2019 Bird News

Winter is over, the days are lengthening, and the Northern Hemisphere migrants are starting to arrive. The beach is a dynamic place and winter storms have helped reshape it. At the northern end the creek has eaten into the bank by Dacre’s Cottage and removed areas that Variable Oystercatchers have bred in, but a new spit has started to form…

CatchIt videos for pest catches

CatchtIt, Rachel Fewster, from the Dept of Statistics, Auckland University, alongside Jonathan Baskett, FOOB’s Pest co-ordinator, record all the pests that are killed in the Okura Bush and surrounding areas. Do have a look at the videos which shows the hot spots of where the catches have been made: CatchIT Graphics for Friends of Okura Bush.

Trappers Report April 2017

1. Opening the closed Ridge line Lezette and I met with Simon Matthews, site manager Weiti Station, to discuss access to our closed ridge trapline. Simon reassured us of his commitment to assisting with our trapping program but said that for the next few months access by road to the ridge would be impossible because of continuing road works. He…

Okura Bush Track Closed

In the August 31 North Shore Times: Department of Conservation launches track upgrades The Department of Conservation has started work on a track upgrade in Okura Bush they say will prevent the spread of kauri dieback. The walkway serves more than 60,000 visitors per year and will be closed for approximately 10 weeks while contractors work on the track. The…

Track Assessment by Stephen King

At the Request of ‘Friends of Okura Bush’ I conducted a field inspection of the current track in March 2016 to assess issues and required improvements to ensure adequate protection of forest canopy trees. The inspection took place with Geoffrey and Lezette Reid and with a copy of currently proposed treatments supplied to them by the Department of Conservation.

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