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South Port Donated Traps are on the Hill!

Members of BHMET teamed up with South Port representatives this week to roll out our newly funded DOC250 mustelid traps! These huge traps are designed to target ferrets a species we’ve struggled to control - but not any more! Huge thanks to Jamie and Courtney from South Port Bluff for helping to fund these traps to protect our native species, Thank you so much from ‘BHMET’

Photo - L to R - BHMET volunteers: Debbie Fife, Tracker Black, Nikki Ladd, Brian Sheppard, Estelle Leask, and representing South Port Courtney Forde

Thank you Ka Mate Nga Kiore!

The Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust would like to acknowledge the overwhelming generosity of Ka Mate Nga Kiore Incorporated. Our chairperson Estelle Leask met with Morrie Trow today and was handed a cheque for close to $20,000! This generous donation will go towards the purchase of 80 new self-setting rat and stoat traps. These traps will be deployed throughout our precious titi colonies, this will also help protect other coastal and forest species.
Words cannot express our gratitude!
On behalf of the BHMET trustees and volunteers, thank you to Morrie, Robert, Tammy and the other members of the Titi Islands Committee and Ka Mate Nga Kiore (Death to the Rat) Incorporated!

Thank you Urwin Company Ltd!

Urwin Company Ltd

Urwin Company Ltd

The BHMET would like to acknowledge the kind donation we recently received from Urwin and Co Bluff! Our work ‘Bringing back the birdsong’ would not be possible without financial support. So to John and the team on behalf of the BHMET thank you kindly for your generous donation!

Announcement: we have new Bluff Babies!

Robin Credit Yvonne Pickford “Kakaruai / South Island robin chick on Bluff Hill Bluff Hill/Motupohue Environment Trust”

Robin Credit Yvonne Pickford “Kakaruai / South Island robin chick on Bluff Hill Bluff Hill/Motupohue Environment Trust”

The news keeps getting better!

Last week we received confirmation from one of our volunteer that South Island robins translocated from Waikaia to Bluff in March 2017 have breed on our hill! The first time in over a century!

So here’s some super cute pics of our precious ‘Bluff babies’ courtesy of our amazing photographer Yvonne Pickford, just to prove it.

Now is a good time to consider helping BHMET in our efforts to protect these and other baby manu by considering trapping rats and stoats in your backyards . We are happy to offer advice and assistance so please get in touch if you’re interested.

The birds of Bluff Hill Motupohue

A juvenile Tui. Photo credit; Yvonne Pickford Photography

A juvenile Tui. Photo credit; Yvonne Pickford Photography

Yvonne Pickford Photography capturing some of our manu and their offspring…