Plummers Point

Rodent control continuing with group of eager volunteers. Noel’s group are a very inventive lot and have come up with a new bait station to meet their needs (including the security of local pets). Bait is contained within a wide diameter (and well ventilated) plastic tube and secured by a cunningly conceived wire mechanism, and […]

Sapphire Springs reserve

The new owners of the Sapphire Springs Motor Camp are planning to greatly improve the pool and camp facilities, and work through a coordinated pest management process with Wild about NZ to improve local biodiversity. Recent surveys with visiting school groups revealed the presence of the usual array of animal pests – plenty of rodents, […]


Background Located 20 minutes from Tauranga, on Leyland Road, off Whakamarama Road, this attractive stand of native bush is located in the upper catchment of Te Puna Stream. Henry Sharplin donated the reserve to the people of Tauranga County as a scenic reserve in 1926 and since then it has been a popular walking and […]


Background In 2004 local residents had found their local area had become quieter. Most native birds had vanished from the land and sightings had become rare. Local citizens decided to do something about it, forming the environmentally aware and active community group The Uretara Estuary Managers. Many problems were identified in the Uretara catchment, and step by […]


Pest Free Omokoroa Pest Free Omokoroa was established in July 2005 under the WBOPDC Wild about NZ project. The first part of the project being the laying of Trakka tunnels around the foreshore to establish a baseline of the actual numbers of rats present in the lower part of the peninsula, more than 80% of […]

Stream Sediment Study

Influence of Land Use on Sediment Production in Wharawhara and Boyd Streams, Katikati – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic/Auckland University of Technology – Barbara Risi, 2008 There is increasing evidence from monitoring that link sediment runoff with ecological effects in estuaries.  Two streams were selected near Katikati as suggested by Andrew Jenks. The state of this catchment has been of […]

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