Wednesday, February 14, 2018
A summary of the major work done in 2017 has been documented below. All the labour for these projects was done by our regular volunteers without which these projects would not have happened.
Funding support was for materials only which our Trust was very grateful to receive.
For the second year we had Rototuna Primary School doing a planting of over 100 plants.
|North east suburb of Hamilton. Gordonton Road is the right hand boundary.|
One of the highlights of 2017 is the clearance of rats from a 20 hectare section of a 30 hectare gully system. To understand the significance of this you need to understand that half of that gully has no tracks, is extremely boggy and the only access is via the residential properties that border the gully (and that it was full of rats). It has been the support of the community that enabled this to happen. Sixty bait stations using bromadiolone (Contra) bait blocks (only a fifth the strength of brodifacoum) serviced by 16 community service agents that have been trained in Health and safety to handle the baits, service the station and record the results. A young tui was spotted in this area for the first time this season and an increase in weta numbers has been observed which, in all, indicates a recovery in the native biodiversity. A very successful urban programme achieved at a cost of less than $1000.
What is disappointing is the lack of interest and financial support for this project from the Hamilton institutions that supposedly are guardians of our environment.
Part of our management plan is that, as we clear an area for planting, we put in tracks or board walks so that our volunteers have easy access to plant and maintain the areas. If the ground is firm enough we build tracks. If it is muddy then we go for board walks. Board walks are twice the price of tracks to build so a track is always our first option. In 2017 two tracks and board walks were completed. One is the eastern (east side of the stream) ring track which is 186 metres long and the other going south below the pond is what we call Michaels track and is 80 metres.
Our trust had funding support of $2,800 from the Hamilton City Council Community Funding pool and $500 from Trust Waikato. The balance of $344 came out of Mangaiti’s Trust general funds account.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
The rat eradication programme is getting far better results than expected this early on. It is now important that we get the tracking tunnels out into the field to get accurate data on the rat population. We were fortunate to be donated old corr-flute election signs. These have been cut into tracking tunnels. The tunnels will be installed in the field over the next few weeks so that monitoring can start early in the New Year.