Keeping pests out

Keeping pests out

Since 2009, the islands of Ipipiri (the eastern Bay of Islands) have been pest-free, we work to keep them this way

In winter 2009, DOC eradicated all rats, mice and stoats from the islands of the eastern Bay. Project Island Song is all about keeping the islands pest-free.

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Stop, Check and Go! (and have fun)

Stop, Check and Go! (and have fun)

So, before you go anywhere near the pest-free islands, STOP, CHECK your gear, vessel, and food for pests, and then GO (and have fun!).

No rats, mice, ants or weed seeds! The Department of Conservation and Guardians of the Bay are carrying out an extensive, on-going biosecurity programme to prevent rats and other pests from reinvading the islands.

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Planting Trees

Planting Trees

More than 23,000 plants have been planted on the islands of Ipipiri since 2003

Planting native trees for the nectar, leaves and berries that·birds·feed on will speed up the natural regeneration process. Once these food plants are established, it is hoped that kukupa, kaka and korimako (bellbird) will return by themselves from the nearby mainland.  

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Bringing back birds

Bringing back birds

43 Toutouwai - North Island Robin have been introduced to pest-free Moturua Island

The call of toutouwai (North Island robin) can once again be heard on Moturua Island. In June 2014, 43 birds came to Moturua from Pureora Forest. Other endangered or rare native birds, lizards, invertebrates and plants will be returned to Ipipiri as part of the ecological restoration.

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Busting Weeds

Busting Weeds

With pests such as rats and mice now gone from the islands, weedseeds are finding it easier to grow.

 The Project Island Song weedbusters are doing a great job keeping the islands as weed-free as possible.

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Project Island Song is the restoration of the pest-free islands of Ipipiri (the eastern Bay of Islands),  an archipelago of island sanctuaries for all to enjoy. It is a partnership between the Guardians of the Bay of Islands (a local community group), Te Rawhiti hapu (Ngati Kuta and Patukeha) and the Department of Conservation.

Since pest eradication was carried out in 2009, the islands of Ipipiri·have begun to regenerate naturally. The absence of rats has allowed a carpet of coprosma seedlings to grow; nikau palms, and·forest trees·including totara and rimu have started to grow from seeds dropped by birds. The future restored coastal forest is starting to emerge.

In Otehei Bay, on Ururupukapuka Island there are many more tui and the torea (variable oystercatcher), and tuturiwhatu (NZ dotterel) numbers are also increasing. Katatai (banded rail)are now seen regularly on Motuarohia Island. Insects and reptiles too are returning - weta and mokomoko (skinks).

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Successful Toutouwai release on Urupukapuka

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On Sunday 29 May, Project Island Song released 30 toutouwai (North Island robins) in Entico Bay,…
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The toughest incursion season yet

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The pest-free islands of Ipipiri, Bay of Islands, are becoming a mecca for birdlife. Since the…
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Squid Bay, Urupukapuka - mass planting

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What glorious autumnal weather for our mass planting day on Urupukapuka on Sunday 15 May. And a…
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Planting day on Moturua

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The planting team had an impressive planting day on Ohupotu Bay on Moturua last Sunday 8 May - 630…
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Popokotea released to Moturua and Urupukapuka Islands

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On Saturday 23 April, Project Island Song partners, supporters and volunteers celebrated the…
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Popokotea & Toutouwai Release to Ipipiri Autumn 2016

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This autumn we welcome the translocation of two species of native bird – popokotea (whitehead) and…
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