In April 2016 a new Living Neighbourhood began a weeding and predator control programme in approximately 7500sqm of bush area off Waipa Street, Birkenhead in Kaipātiki. This ecological corridor will contribute to the overarching vision for the North-West Wildlink.
Their aim is to connect with neighbours to restore the gully – and become a weed and pest free area, eventually supporting nearby reserves to do so as well. The group also want to support and motivate landowners to start working on their own properties.
They are also aiming to link with other groups active in the area (such as the Verran Eskdale Restoration group – VERG) to help each other to restore the network of bush areas in the gullies.
They hold regular working bees each month to meet neighbours, have ‘a bit of a laugh’, explore the bush and reconnect with local fantail, lizards, tui, wood pigeon and wax eye. Regular residents newsletters are produced to motivate, educate, track success and continue to engage others.
Their major focus so far has been on eradicating wild ginger, moth plant and mignonette vine, and to date they have trapped both possums and Norway rats.
If you live near Waipa Street or surrounds and are interested in assisting the effort please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supported by Kaipātiki Local Board