Without meaning to get political at all, I was interested to see funding in the recent NZ budget for large-scale pest control to help our native birds get through some very difficult times over the next year. This budget link explains further but you may wish to skip to the three links I took from it which show what’s going on. The beech forest referred to are Nothofagus species whose distribution coincides with the areas shown on the map link below. What astounds me is the great difference in breeding success of birds where the pest control has taken place. It shouldn’t astound me because we see it all the time at Shakespear and Tawharanui Regional Parks inside the predator fence but great to see it can also happen in large “wilderness” areas too.
- Map of projected beech seed fall and priority species (pdf 3.41 MB)
- Explanation of beech mast cycle (pdf 259.27 KB)
- Monitoring results of the 2014 Battle for our Birds (pdf 956.25 KB)