Cat control saves birds

Birdlife is thriving in parts of Tamahere as residents plant more and a greater variety of trees but a growing number of cats is likely to be threatening the resurgent bird population.

The gully restoration forum held recently in Tamahere showed that the area’s gullies are an increasingly important Waikato ecosystem and the return of tui and other native birds gives a wildlife seal of approval to residents’ efforts.

But studies show that if left to roam uncontrolled the domestic moggy can cut a swathe through bird numbers.

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