This is our 20th year and like every other year so far 2022 has been a big one for the Trust. Find out what's been going on by keeping your eye out for printed copies of the our newsletter in shops and other public places round Whangarei Heads. Otherwise use the 'Download Newsletter' button to get an electronic copy of the newsletter. It is packed with news from the reserve!
Here's part of the opening message from Trust Chair Greg Innes:
"After 20 Years, it is satisfying for us all to see our Rangers and Volunteers achieving results for the ecological restoration of Bream Head / Te Whara. The Grey-Faced Petrel is a recent success story, everyone waiting with “bated breath” for the monitoring results: 100% GFP chick survival and fledging over summer 2021/22. Nine Chicks survived from 10 eggs (1 egg found out of burrow but not predated). Third successful GFP egg/chick protection season for BHCT (out of five seasons). Seven chicks banded (highest ever). BHCT also successfully installed a stronger second boundary of traps along Ocean Beach Road called “Load the Road” which has been catching some very important predators before they make their way into the Bream Head/ Te Whara Scenic Reserve. The Trust’s Head Quarters have become a facility where Ranger’s work from, volunteers meet, and the community gathers. In challenging times for the Whangarei Heads Community, Bream Head / Te Whara Scenic Reserve is a cornerstone for community wellbeing, providing a place for all to enjoy thanks to the mahi of volunteers, members, sponsors and donors."
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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