Creating a Pest-Free Wildlife Sanctuary in Nelson
Here is your chance to be involved in making a difference - lend a hand by investing your time and energy (and money if you'd like) towards the completion of this fantastic community project:
The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is a community-based initiative working to create a pest-free wildlife sanctuary close to the Nelson city centre in New Zealand.
Imagine a place...
... where native plants and animals thrive, without threat from introduced pests.
... alive with birdsong, where rare species such as kiwi, tuatara and kakapo roam freely.
... where you can get involved and make a difference.
... where visitors can see native flora and fauna close to home.
The FenceIntegral to creating the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is construction of a pest-proof fence 14km long, to enclose the area, and to eradicate all the pest mammals within it. This will enable the re-creation of a historic piece of New Zealand which today is only found on a few offshore islands. Resident birds, reptiles and invertebrates will flourish and species previously lost from the area will be re-introduced.
The project was launched in 2004 and has strong community involvement and support.
The Sanctuary siteThe Sanctuary will extend over 715 hectares of a former Water Reserve owned by Nelson City Council. Most of the site comprises mature beech forest with occasional huge podocarps. The southern part of the site is diverse broadleaved forest on land cleared in the 19th Century. Over 250 species of plants have been recorded and the birdlife includes rare species such as NZ falcon, yellow-crowned parakeets, weka and robins.
Brook Sanctuary is an ideal size and in a great location - a short distance from Nelson City, Stoke and Richmond with forested corridors to take birdlife from the sanctuary into these areas and into residents’ gardens. It is joined to the south to 100,000 plus hectares of native forest including the Mt Richmond Conservation Area.
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