Reports of bird sightings urged

Waikato people are being encouraged to report sightings of certain native birds on an updated web page launched to coincide with Conservation Week, this week.

Waikato Regional Council has previously had a facility for people to report tui and bellbird sightings as part of the Halo project controlling pests at tui breeding sites around Hamilton. There have been significant increases in reported tui sightings since the project began.

Now, for Conservation Week, the council has established an updated page on its website so that people are also able to report sightings of kaka and kereru.

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Tui halo could widen

Waikato Regional Council staff are looking at whether lessons learned during the successful and highly popular Hamilton Halo project to protect tui can be applied to other parts of the region.

In Tamahere, tui only returned for the first time in decades three years ago but this year one Tamahere family reported the breeding success of a tui pair which fledged four chicks.

A report to the council’s regional pest management committee said an investigation would particularly look at how the Halo model could be used to enhance significant natural areas.

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