Let’s Mulch

Hey Everyone Its mulching time! The planting season has finished for the year – 100,000 plants have been put in the ground across Wellington,  weeds are going crazy and the ground is starting to dry out. The occasional rain showers are helping a bit but the ground is getting dry in many places already. Recent studies of our revegetation planting … Read More

Fundraiser quiz for Polhill’s saddleback/tieke and Karori

Two groups have joined forces to raise funds for pest control in the western suburbs. The Polhill Restoration Project have recently been blessed with a saddleback/tieke nest, and need support to protect it. KATCH 22 is a group formed in 2013, as an extension of the Makara Peak Supporters into the wider Karori environment. The existing Makara Peak predator control work … Read More

Saving the Saddleback From Cats – Friend or Feral?

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Is the tide turning in the battle against introduced predators? Over the weekend we heard that tieke (saddleback) are nesting outside the fenced sanctuary of Zealandia. This is a landmark moment for conservation in New Zealand, but also reinforces the point that nobody wants to talk about – it is time to manage wandering cats. The fact is that when cats … Read More

Polhill’s exciting discovery : a Saddleback / Tieke nest.

Polhill Saddleback
Photo Paul Ward

I thought it was time that I updated you about what we have been up to in Polhill and what is planned for the coming months. The most exciting thing to happen recently is that we discovered a saddleback/tieke nest near one of mountain bike tracks and working closely with WCC and Zealandia we soon identified that there were two … Read More

Predator trapping in Glenside

It was a very sunny Fathers Day when some of the Glenside community met up for their first meeting. The refreshments were flowing and the BBQ was smoking at Dave & Margaret’s place. The view across the valley to the Glenside hills meant we could all take in the area we would be making pest free.This community is ready to … Read More

No stopping the communities vying to become the first Pest Free Community

There is no stopping the communities that are vying to become the first Pest Free Community in New Zealand. Crofton Downs has kicked things off with their first meeting last night at the Otari-Wilton’s Bush Visitor Centre. Representatives from Enhancing the Halo, DOC, Predator Free NZ and the Wellington City Council were on call to answer any questions and help … Read More

Add beauty to an otherwise largely indifferent world

Bird loving industrial designer Phil Walters has come up with a creative way to “add beauty to an otherwise largely indifferent world”. It’s become Metalbird, live sized hammer in metal silhouettes of the Tui, Piwakawaka, Huia and Kereru. The project started off as public art. “From the get-go I’ve been a fan of the stencil graffiti artist Banksy,” says Walters … Read More

Winners of Enhancing the Halo Predator – Free Community Competition 2014.

Two Wellington suburbs go head to head to become New Zealand’s first ever predator-free community. The Morgan Foundation’s Enhancing the Halo project has over 1200 Households who have signed up to making their backyards into safe havens for native creatures, with many of them trapping predators on their properties. Recently the project has ramped up the focus on trapping, holding … Read More