The Takatu Landcare Community Project was established in 2012 to encourage the involvement of communities on Takatu Peninsular and on Kawau Bay, as far as Buckleton’s, in complementing the good conservation efforts achieved at Tawharnui Regional Park along this coastline. The birdlife at Tawharanui is now pretty impressive and the next step is to open up corridors to enable the various released species to travel to and from other significant native bush areas; in particular the regional parks at Mahurangi and Wenderholm, and Tiritiri Matangi.

We are fortunate at Buckleton’s to have good population of native birds. Tui, keruru, fantail, kingfisher and morpork are common. Added interest comes from some of the imports, such as white eye, grey warblers, California quail, a few finches, and the occasional peacock and kookaburra.

If you have been to Buckleton’s through the winter you may have seen, or at least heard, the kaka flying overhead at dawn and dusk. Bellbirds are becoming more common visitors to our gardens. And in recent years, Baddley’s have had kakariki nesting in the bush. It would be nice to hear them in the bush around Buckleton’s on occasion. And wouldn’t it be fantastic to have North Island robins and saddleback in our gardens in the future.

The purpose of this message is to raise your awareness of things that we can do in the community to help foster Buckletons as a part of the conservation corridor between reserves. This is about controlling pests – animal and plant – and encouraging native plant growth. Auckland Council Biosecurity staff were kind enough to come to the Bay during the winter and give us some advice about the plant and animal pests of most concern.

Animal Pest Control

Link through to the Animal Pest Control page for more details but, briefly, report any problems with or sightings of stoats, ferrets and possum, and if you have a cat with you please manage it.

Plant Pest Control

Exotic plants can add colour and interest to private gardens and the community environment. There is no desire to  change that, but some exotic species are very vigorous,  easily spread and if they get into reserve areas outcompete with native species. A little time in the garden a couple of times a year to control or remove important plant pests would be a welcome contribution to the Takatu Landcare Community Project. Go to the Plant Pest Control page for information about what to look for and how to manage it.

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