The PWT has three main projects on the go…
To date this is where the majority of our efforts have gone and the Paparoa Wildlife Trust believes this project is making significant progress in contributing knowledge of gsk/roroa behaviour and ecology, and in time should contribute markedly to its recovery in the Paparoa Range. We are dedicated and committed to securing a strong roroa presence in an area where kiwi are faced with considerable threat through habitat destruction and predation.
The work involved includes researching and monitoring great spotted kiwi on the Paparoa Range and managing threats, with the aim being to increase the local population so that they are no longer threatened with extinction. Between 2007 – 2014 our work has been focused on; monitoring of breeding adults, Operation Nest Egg (BNZONE™), monitoring of chicks in our pest proof creche and the subsequent long term monitoring of juveniles released back into the wild.
A 12.5 ha pest proof enclosure on the Atarau plains beneath the Paparoa Range, where young kiwi chicks produced through Operation Nest Egg (BNZONE™) enjoy a trouble free year before returning to the challenges of the unmanaged Paparoa Range. This kiwi crèche is probably the best opportunity for the public to see a great spotted kiwi chick in a semi wild environment and this can be arranged through us upon special request.
This is the newest project of the PWT and is to become the main focus for the next few years. During the summer of 2014/15 we will be establishing approximately 40km of new stoat trap lines throughout the 3,600ha RMEA. This is in order to offer ecosystem wide protection so that native species will be aided in their recovery without hands on manipulative management. We are doing this in a collaborative effort with DoC and the eventual aim is to get the 3,600ha Roaring Meg Ecological Area ‘pest free’, in order to benefit all native species that reside within.