Community Group Benefits from Biodiversity Funds

9/10/2014 12:00 a.m.

Forest and Bird member Allan Sinclair setting traps on Maori Lake to protect wildlife from predators


With the support of Ashburton District Council's Biodiversity Fund, Forest and Bird have been busy setting up predator traps around Maori Lake.

Forest and Bird received around $1,700 for the Maori Lakes Trapping Project, which is part of the Arawai Kākāriki wetland restoration programme led by the Department of Conservation.

Forest and Bird member Edith Smith says the funding is helping to protect birds, lizards and other wildlife that live in the lake environment at the Hakatere Conservation Park.

"We have been monitoring the Ashburton Lakes area for over 25 years and noticed fluctuations in the numbers of native bird populations.

"Information gathered by the Department of Conservation showed that predation was a problem for the native wildlife in the area."

Mrs Smith says since October last year over 160 predators have been trapped that would otherwise have destroyed wildlife in the area.

The Biodiversity Grants will soon be available for a second round this year.

Biodiversity Working Group Chairperson Alan Totty says he hopes more community groups will come forward with their applications in the next funding round and make use of the support available.

"There are many community groups that do an exceptional job caring for our district's biodiversity and these funds help make it possible for projects that people are passionate about happen," he says.

Council provides an annual grant of up to $5,000 per project each year to help fund biodiversity initiatives that protect and enhance native plants in the Ashburton District.

The next Biodiversity Grants funding round will start on 14 October.

Learn more about the Biodiversity Grant

Page reviewed: 09 Oct 2014 9:27am