As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Quarry site to become bird haven

A Western Bay of Plenty quarry site is set to be transformed into a conservation sanctuary aimed at becoming home for more of New Zealand's native wildlife.

The Department of Conservation has reclaimed the 400 hectares of land at the top of No3 Rd, Te Puke, after permitting it out for quarry use in recent years.

It was now calling for public submissions on the proposal to change the land designation from a stewardship area to sanctuary area.

Partnerships ranger Mark Anderson said DoC hoped to bring the land back to an area of ecological integrity fit for habitat for New Zealand's native wildlife, flora and fauna.

Mr Anderson said the land bordered with a Western Bay catchment area already hosting kiwi. It was hoped that, by bringing the land into a lush conservation area, it would increase the living area for the endangered bird.

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