Kaka in South Head
Have you seen these birds in your back yard?
Kaka have been seen in various places around South Head over Autumn and Winter.
The kaka is a large forest-dwelling parrot closely related to the kea. Their amusing antics and raucous voices mean they are normally heard before they are seen.
Much reduced in numbers due to forest clearance and predation by introduced mammals, kaka are most abundant on offshore islands that have no introduced mammals, or at least no stoats. There are probably fewer than 10 000 birds left.
In areas without predator control, most kaka nests do not produce young and many nesting females are killed, particularly by stoats.
Dabchick and Wetland Survey – 25th April
There was a fantastic turn out of people and great weather for this years Dabchick and Wetland Survey.
The day started with a gathering at the South Head Road/Shelley Beach intersection where people were put into teams and allocated a location to survey. Each group had a knowledgeable expert giving everyone an opportunity to learn about the birds of the area.
There was also a group of Waioneke School students, who were given the task of surveying birds at Tupare. They did a great job with an extensive list of interesting birds on their list.
After a couple of hours counting birds and enjoying the South Head scenery people re-grouped at the home of Susan Wilson for a BBQ lunch and catch up.
The results of the survey are still being collated. A report summarising the findings will be published on the SKL website when they’re available.
Bat Hunting – 8th March
A small group of locals braved the bad weather forecast for some Bat hunting at Te Rau Puriri on the 8th March.
Armed with special bat detectors the group walked through the reserve and down to Lake Rototoa.
New Zealand has two species of native bat, the long-tailed bat, and the short-tailed bat. The long-tailed bat has been discovered living in parts of Auckland, including Riverhead and Kaukapakapa.
Unfortunately no bats were heard. However we did have a lovely walk through the bush, discovering glow worms and visiting ‘weta stump’.
A big thanks to Park Ranger Phil Evans for giving up his Thursday evening and leading us through the Reserve.
Visit to Te Rau Puriri – 20th October
The Landcare committee recently had a first hand look at the three properties which now form South Head’s regional park – Te Rau Puriri.
The 247ha park is a real gem as it offers access to both the harbour and Lake Rototoa. We were able to check out the many great wetlands, bush areas and walks at the park. We also got to visit the areas that have been fenced and planted – including one by Waioneke School and of course a Landcare planting from a couple of years ago.
Check out our front page for links to youtube clips about the park.
A big thanks to Park Rangers, Phil and Laura for the tour.
Award for Elon Bycroft
Elon Bycroft, who runs the Landcare Nursery, has won a Community Volunteer’s Award from the Rodney Local Board in recognition of his outstanding work in the community.
Well done Lony we are very proud of you!
Clean Up Day – Saturday 30th September
A big thanks to everyone for your efforts to ‘Clean Up South Head’. As always, it was a great day to catch up with neighbours, locals and meet those new to the area.
We owe a big debt of gratitude to the team leaders. Some of you have been doing this for many years and we could not do it without you.
We would also like to thank Waioneke School for the use of the School facilities, Farmlands for lending their BBQ, Downers for their help with traffic safety, the Aussie Butcher for providing discounted sausages, Plackemakers for printing the flyer, our BBQ team – Ed, Nicola and Doreen, and of course Helen Frampton for being chief organiser of the day.
If you have any of the hi viz jackets, we would love them back so we can see what we have available for future clean ups. Team leaders should expect a call through the break – the vests can be put in the mail box for pick up.
Pest Control Workshop – Saturday, 22nd July
Andrew Stein from the Auckland Council talked about traps & pests and fielded a lot of questions!! Sean O’Brien from Good Nature Traps was extremely interesting telling us about the research and the development side of traps and lures. We had local experts on hand to answer questions, demonstrate traps and advise about trapping in your area.
A fantastic lunch of soups and sandwiches along with very yummy cakes and cookies was provided afterwards – many thanks to the committee members who brought a “plate”.
We need residents to sign up for our Trap Loan Program. If you want to try a different kind of trap or target a particular critter email us at Sthkaiparalandcare@gmail.com
Committee Meeting – 5th July 2017
The first meeting of the new committee was held at Waioneke School on Wednesday night. We welcomed 3 new members – Doreen Hogan, Nicola Donald and Ed Donald. Unfortunately we lost Helen & Greg Smith as Committee Members, but are thankful that they will still be around as Landcare Members. We have 2 major events coming up the Pest Control Day on 22nd July and the Clean Up Day on the 30th September and we are working hard to ensure these events are a success.
The Committee was very happy to hear that Lony Bycroft who runs the Landcare Nursery in Haranui Street was recognised with an award for his tireless work as a Volunteer for Landcare and South Head. Well done Lony we certainly appreciate all the good work you do on Landcare’s behalf as well as the leadership and dignity you bring to our events over the year!
AGM – 10th June 2017
The AGM was held at the South Head Community Hall. We try to keep the official side of the meeting short and to the point to give us more time with the speaker. Ben Paris, or “The Batman” as he is commonly known, spoke about his work and his passion, bats. It was very interesting as he covered all kinds of bats found all over the world then concentrated on our two bats and what makes them so unique. We have so many unique animals in New Zealand that need to be recognized and protected.
After Ben’s talk we had lunch. As a special treat each year several members of the committee make soup and/or cakes and biscuits for the attendees enjoyment and this year the soups were superb. Many thanks to Helen Smith, Helen Frampton, Jorg Schulze, John Ayers and Anne Griffiths for their contributions.
Dab Chick Count – 25th April 2017
2017 SURVEY REPORT – Dabchick_survey_form 2017.numbers
A large group of volunteers turned up to help with this valuable annual count. It was a beautiful autumn day and no one wanted to leave. Thank you to Sue Wilson who generously opens her home each year for us to gather and have lunch and to Denise Poyner who organised the day.
NURSERY WORKING BEE – Saturday, 18th March 2017
The working bee was very successful and we are so grateful to the kind folk who gave us so much of their time. Huge thanks go to Nick at Placemakers, Helensville for the materials supplied that meant the planting house was mostly rebuilt – it will handle any weather now! We need the residents off South Head to support the nursery by coming and buying plants. There is a price list on the Landcare Nursery page.