What we do
The Trust assists to connect farmers and landowners with funding (often sourced from multiple funding sources) to fence off significant ecological sites such as native bush and wetlands. Farmers in particular, are time poor and find the funding application processes time consuming and frustrating to navigate. The Trust works alongside landowners once they have determined the areas to protect and the best ways to do this by providing project management support and connecting to expert advice where relevant.
Once areas are protected, we provide support to establish predator control plans for these areas as well as provide traps and training.
The Trust also works with communities to establish trap and bait station networks in key reserves and covenants to control pests that are then maintained by community volunteers in the way they want to do it.
Our CatchIT schools programme has developed an award winning education module to help children to understand the threats to our precious natural places and wildlife while also learning important skills as they create scientific experiments and work with statistics to help improve their trapping.
In 2018, the Trust created a new model for focusing our predator control and fencing activities, to better achieve our goal of a connected landscape. We searched for some local reserves that local people had identified as worth protecting. The Trust developed an approach to help these communities to grow their local precious places into ‘hubs’ of ecological protection. Dunn’s Bush (QEII land near Puhoi), Logue’s Bush (a DOC reserve in the Tomarata area) and a significant privately owned property in the Hoteo Gorge, Lake Rototoa (South Kaipara), Tamahunga, Te Arai Scenic Reserve and the Takatu Peninsula area are some of the hubs currently established.
Eastern Connectivity Project
The Eastern Connectivity Project was launched in November 2018. In its initial phase, a landscape connectivity study investigated how we may connect up areas of bush and restore the habitat to encourage wildlife to travel from Tawharanui out across the area to Matakana. From that research seven hubs were identified of which three will be focused on in the next phase of the project. Pest control workshops and free traps provided for landowners in the area and wildlife monitoring will be conducted to provide a baseline to measure progress against.
Building the Central Bridge
In September 2020, The Trust announced a new project in partnership with Kiwis for kiwi. This partnership, funded by Kiwis for kiwi through the jobs for nature government programme will focus on preparing ‘kiwi ready’ habitat restoration in a 54,000 hectare area to connect the Kaipara Harbour in the west to Tawharanui in the east and will help significantly to ramp up the efforts of the Trust.