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Bringing back the Banded Rail

The Tasman Environmental Trust supports local community projects in the area, having expertise in protection, restoration and maintenance of the land, sea, freshwater and estuary natural environments. This year through Trees That Count’s marketplace the group received 500 trees to allocate amongst their desired projects, one of which being the Battle for the Banded Rail.  

Battle for the Banded Rail aims to protect and increase numbers of banded rail and other estuarine birds on the Waimea Inlet. It is a community effort with 9 sites under restoration. Supported by the Tasman Environmental Trust, along with DOC and TDC. It has been up and running since 2015 and has resulted in the planting of 30,000 trees whilst 4500 predators have also been captured. 

May to late August is the project’s planting season. Planting events are held in these winter mornings, this year there were six. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged. Project manager Kathryn noted that “more and more families and young people are coming along which is great”. 

The project also receives school involvement, Nelson College Prep participated in the planting at Research Orchard Road, one of the restoration sites. Over 200 trees went into the ground, students were instructed and showed how to properly plant. So not only did it benefit the project but also was an educational experience. In their newsletter one particular student commented “we hope to bring back the sound of the banded rail”. 

This programme is a true community project that involves all stakeholders in the community. Trees That Count are proud to have contributed to this amazing initiative.