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Birdsongs returning to Abel Tasman thanks to restoration efforts

The Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust are on a mission to restore the forests and beaches of Abel Tasman. This passionate group are seeking to refill the area with birdsongs that once awoke and delighted visitors to the area.

Through the support of DOC, Project Janszoon and the community, the Trust is actively making progress to fulfill their restoration goals. Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest national park, acclaimed for its golden beaches, lush native forests, estuaries and towering cliffs. In recent times the 22,530 hectares has been under threat from fires, farming, logging, weeds and predators. Thanks to this Trust’s efforts, this is being reverted.

An example of the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust’s work is with wilding pines. Over the past decade the Trust, along with their supporters, have been managing and controlling this threat. In June of this year the Trust announced that all mature wildings have been poisoned, which is an enormous achievement for this Trust. 

Native species like the kaka, pateke and kakariki have now returned to the park. We think this is a testament to this group’s restoration success.   

Mazda have donated 100 trees to the Trust via Trees That Count’s marketplace. DOC, Project Janszoon and community volunteers have been the main supporters of the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust. As we have learnt all contributions help and Mazda has assisted with the Trust meeting their goal to plant 300 natives for 2019. 

The Abel Tasman area is one of the many gems in New Zealand. We are all so lucky to have the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust caring for it.