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Halfmoon Bay Habitat Restoration Project

Halfmoon Bay Habitat Restoration Project

Halfmoon Bay Habitat Restoration Project

Stewart Island/Rakiura Community and Environment Trust

Stewart Island locals concerned about a declining colony of Titi, or shearwater, have taken action to save the muttonbirds.

After dead birds were seen in 2002 around Ackers Point, local volunteers formed the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community and Environment Trust and began fundraising for a trapping programme.

The Halfmoon Bay Habitat Restoration Project aimed to control possums, rats and feral cats on private and public land around Halfmoon Bay. Trap lines were set up in zones across the area, and have since been upgraded to self-resetting rat and possum traps.

Fifteen years on, more than 200 land titles, or 210ha, have co-ordinated pest control and the shearwater colony still remains at Ackers Point.

The Trust now has a new vision: “Tieke/saddlebacks in our back yard”. Their goal now is to reduce predators within the open sanctuary at Ackers Point to a level where Tieke or saddleback can happily breed and thrive.
They have also worked with the Department of Conservation to establish a native plant nursery with the aim of providing native plant species for local gardens, which will be more suitable for native wildlife.

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