As we all recover from the storm, the damage it has inflicted on the Reserve is becoming more apparent. Luckily, our Headquarters managed to stand strong with only the loss of a few signs. The Nursery too held up surprisingly well. The worst damage is harder to see, although anyone driving from Urquhart Bay to Ocean Beach can’t help but notice that the easterly faces on the north side of the Reserve almost appear to have been burnt. Many of the kanuka there have been blown over and stripped of their leaves and the tracks have a lot of branches and trees down.
Although the north side was most affected by the ferocious winds, it is the rain that has impacted more seriously on the south side. Significant slip damage is being uncovered there as our rangers fight through the destruction to reach some of the more remote areas in our Reserve.
The technology in the bush which we wrote about in the last newsletter has taken a hammering, traps and bait stations have been broken, blown away and found stuck under fallen trees. Getting the tracks and infrastructure up to the standard that we aim for will be challenging, and once again we are thankful for the mahi put in by all our volunteers and rangers to pace themselves in getting the job done. Despite the major extra workload of clearing downed trees and branches and reinstating our trapping equipment, our rangers are making sure our first line of defence against predators remains strong.
Our community planting day will take place on Sunday the 11th of June from 9am to 12 noon. Bring your whanau and friends, and join others in our community. Help plant 2,500 plants to increase habitat for our local biodiversity.
Northpower Wild Kiwi multi-sport event is on the 11th of March! The first 10 people to make a $100 donation to the Bream Head Conservation Trust will receive a free individual entry ticket (any distance). Get onto it! Be one of the first to donate and get your free ticket to participate in this great event! To claim your ticket send an email to email@example.com
Keep your eye out for the 2022 Te Whara Bream Head Trust newsletter. We've made some hard copies and they're available free of charge at locations around Whangarei Heads. If you're not in the area click See More to go to the newsletter page and you can download a PDF from there.
On Sunday the 11th of September, in the good company of many of our volunteers, friends and the Whangarei Mayor, we celebrated our 20th anniversary. It was the perfect moment to reflect upon what has been achieved over the years.
Bream Head/Te Whara Conservation Trust has appointed Tom Flynn-Plummer as our new head ranger. Tom will start in August and he is replacing Adam Willetts, our head ranger for the last eight years.
In May, a refresher training session took place for the Bream Head/ Te Whara volunteers working on our toxic bait lines.
While all attention is focussed on combating an epidemic, a group of grey-faced petrels (Pterodroma gouldi or Oi) had another successful breeding season at the Bream Head Scenic Reserve.
It’s been a tough twelve months all round the world but it hasn’t been all doom and gloom for the Trust.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, any donation you make to the Trust in the month of June will be tripled.
Beautiful Bream Head inspired calendars by local artist
We won a prize! Thanks to NRC for recognising us and all our volunteers for their hard work in earning it.
Conservation Minister our guest as Bream Head and Auckland University of Technology team up