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Updated 28 November 2017 3:18pm

A treasure on Wellington’s doorstep

The park’s steep slopes, cloaked in rich beech-kamahi-rata forest, and its majestic semi-swamp lowland forests are home to over 30 species of birds including the locally rare New Zealand falcon, tomtit and rifleman. Lakes Kohangatera and Kohangapiri, at the harbour entrance, are nationally significant freshwater lakes with relatively intact catchments. They provide the region’s only mainland nesting site for the black shag as well as excellent habitat for native fish.

But the forest today is quieter than it once was. Predators have decimated the local habitat and pose an ongoing threat to park ecosystems. MIRO longs to see and hear native flora and fauna return to this special place.

Working in partnership with Greater Wellington Regional Council, MIRO is a voluntary organisation of people working to see the park’s vulnerable trees, birds, insects and fish flourish again.

What does MIRO do?

We control predators including:

  • Possums - Our park wide network of traps has reduced possum numbers and will keep them down
  • Rats - Preying on birds and eggs, rats are the focus of a 300ha "mainland island" control area centred on Butterfly Creek
  • Stoats - Trapping in the Mainland Island area will target stoats and other mustelids once rat numbers have been reduced

We monitor progress through

  • Bird, insect and predator counts
  • Rata tree growth checks
  • Flowering and fruiting surveys

We advocate for the protection and restoration of the natural ecosystems within and adjoining East Harbour Regional Park

We propagate eco-sourced plants to assist natural forest regeneration

How can you help?

We are looking for members who share our passion for this magnificent forest and wetlands.  You can help by:

  • Emptying possum traps and filling bait stations
  • Monitoring pests and native species
  • Propagating trees
  • Advocating via management plans and other processes
  • Fund raising
  • Teaching or leading groups - in the community or in the forest
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