Bird Corridors

Another long-term activity is to encourage and assist landowners and council fence and restore pockets of hillside bush and riparian strips as bird corridors along the upper reaches of the Ruamahanga River, from the bridge at Mt Bruce and the hillsides surrounding the Pūkaha Wildlife Centre, all the way to the ancient podocarp bush reserves that surround Rathkeale College — and from there — onwards through Gladstone, Martinborough, to Palliser Bay.

This work will require funding for the installation of protective fences, planting of native trees, and the removal of invasive predators, so that pockets of bush and waterways can be restored as protected sanctuaries for native birds and indigenous fish species. We also hope to support local farmers and landowners to cover fees associated with securing and placing biodiverse blocks or pockets of native forest into QEII land covenants.

Just as Pūkaha is beginning to see signs that birds like kākā are making their way from Zealandia in Wellington — via the Tararuas — we see no reason why we can't help coax native birds back into Masterton and our surrounding towns and rural areas, via our network of waterways.