A community in Kapiro north of Auckland have been steadily growing wildlife corridors along their local streams to support native birds and combat soil erosion. With help from Westpac and Trees That Count, they’ve had a successful planting season with 200 more trees in the ground.
The Kapiro and Rangitane streams start in the hills near Kapiro (Northland) and flow all the way out to the northern side of Kerikeri inlet. In 2015, locals noticed a problem with soil erosion in a council reserve, where the crumbling banks of an open stormwater channel deposited large amounts of soil sediment into the stream. The reserve was also a source of many weeds, spreading gorse, tobacco weed, blackberries and other weeds to the stream banks and surrounding areas. The local community asked the council to repair the channel, and gained permission to remove weeds and plant the reserve with native trees to support native birdlife.
Locals also noticed that rare native birds such as weweia/grebe, mioweka/banded rail, pūweto/spotless crake and brown kiwi live along the streams, in the pockets of remaining vegetation. So they set about creating a plan to plant native trees to link patches of vegetation and small wetlands, creating wildlife corridors along the stream. This work will help rare wetland birds in particular, as well as reducing sediment and improving stream ecosystems.
In the 2018 planting season, the group planted many native plants donated by Ngawha prison nursery. Trees That Count also supported the project with 220 native trees funded into our marketplace and a special community planting day was held to get them in the ground. The local community has plans to expand their planting, year by year, to support rare native species and improve water quality in the area.