From Napier, the first stop is the summit of Te Mata Peak, which gives an overview of the project area.
The trip then heads out to Te Awanga Downs, the home of the Clifton County Cricket Club in the northern part of the Cape to City footprint. This site is where we are trialling how predator control can be integrated into a farming operation including technical aspects of wireless monitoring, development and use of the podiTRAP. The property also has two small lakes with extensive plantings and integration of the local cricket ground.
The final site of the day is Mohi Bush in the southern part of the footprint. There are several monitoring stations installed by Landcare Research which include frass collection, weta houses and artificial covers. Robin and tomtits have been translocated into a neighbouring bush remnant and unbanded individuals have been sighted in Mohi.
From Napier, the first stop will be Boundary Stream Waharoa, located on the eastern flanks of the Maungaharuru Range. This is home to a number of threatened native species including the kaka aviary which highlights the ongoing biodiversity restoration in the area. Nearby Boundary Stream Mainland Island is the site of a large rat control trial using A24’s.
The trip will then move on to the Lake Opouahi Pan Pac Kiwi Creche, where we will learn about the history of the lake and the korero of the Wharewaka. Trapping of the surrounding area will be discussed including development of wireless monitoring and the podiTRAP. There may also be an opportunity to see a kiwi as part of the ECOED Save Our Kiwi Hawke’s Bay programme.
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