One windy stormy Saturday in June the Dotterel Defenders descended on Rahotu Beach for the first field event of the Dotterel Defenders project.
Rahotu is known to be a breeding site for NZ Dotterel. There are a number of threats at the site including motorbikes (who were hooning around while we were there), dogs, and predators! A network of 40 traps were put in a long time ago, but many are in a state of disrepair and hard to find. Our partners from the TRC have been busy getting the traps back up to standard, and last week trapped two nasty weasals (right)!
The aim of the day was to educate the local community about the threats to NZ Dotterel, do a coastblitz and see what we could find, do a litter survey and collect trash off the beach and train up some people to check the traps and track predators!
We were lucky enough to spot 4 NZ Dotterel hanging out in the rocks - check out the sighting in Nature Watch here. We collected 90kg of rubbish off the beach, including a giant buoy, chemical containers, glowsticks from squid boats, plastic bottles and lots of fishing line! We also had a whole heap of people sign up to jump on the roster for checking the traps.
Check out what we found in the Rahotu Coastblitz on nature watch here:
Such a great crew, thanks for coming along everyone!! This is the first time we have done a beach clean in the South Taranaki District, a massive thanks to Elodie and the South Taranaki District Council crew for allowing us to take the rubbish to the Opunake Transfer Station!
Check out our next event at Sandy Bay this weekend here!