6.2 Regeneration & Pest/Weed Control

Introduction from Andrew Sinclair – Whakaupoko Landcare:
“The Whakaupoko Landcare group that was formed over seven years ago has recently expanded to include the Patumahoe area. There has been much work with pest control (primarily possums and rats), as despite the high rural population – pest numbers were also high. There is still much to do with reducing pests to a low level and even in the Council administered reserve of Henry’s Bush, pest numbers show as being very high despite continuous baiting at a neighbouring property close by. (Health and Safety issues prevent us from putting bait stations in the Public Reserve and Auckland Council has not controlled the area for some time for pests).

We have established some bait stations close to the village and slo put in place a three monthly bird survey at 17 sites close to the village. All this is well documented on the village website. We have also introduced – just this month – a very thorough pest survey using Chew Cards using a new innovation that we have developed specifically for Landcare Groups (again, refer www.patumahoe.org.nz, Whakaupoko Landcare pages – Monitoring).

Up until now there has been limited free native trees available for landowners. We are reviewing what revegetation projects we become involved in for the future. The Landcare group has also been promoting the elimination of problem weeds with the main priority at this stage being Woody Nightshade.”

Suggestions from participants:
· Encourage more landowners to be involved in weed control, pest control and bird surveys,
· Look at other possible walkways,
· Look at another bush reserve in the area,
· Do a survey of native bush stands in the area (tree id etc).

Other considerations:
Considered effort on community and private land often has ongoing positive benefits
for the wider community. There are many existing projects, schemes and grants
available intended to make it easier to source advice and assistance in pest and weed
control and regeneration activities.

Planning advice:
Coordinate efforts of local groups and government with schemes such as the QEII
covenant scheme, which will provide resources for bush revegetation, weed and pest
control and encourage public access to such areas where suitable.
This is very relevant in context of a rural village where there are sites that are within
close or reasonable distance to the residential area that can benefit the environment, the
private landowner and ensure that a larger number of the public has the potential to
access the resulting improvement.


CONCLUSIONS / ACTIONS

6.2.1 Village Walkway/Cycle network
Increase the use, maintenance and value of ecological sites by including them on the
proposed village network of alternative routes. Resources and volunteers can be
allocated to keep these areas weed and pest free.
6.2.2 Environmental improvement projects
Work in coordination with other community groups and Auckland Council to improve
effectiveness and scope of projects. Work alongside or in conjunction with any other
organisation that has the same aims as Whakaupoko Landcare in order to educate the
community and facilitate improved natural environment and public access to same.

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