Team effort at Tapuae !

Despite the threatening weather forecast, we had a great turn out for our planting day down at Tapuae. About 20 more turned up after we took this photo at the start!

Tapuae coastal strip just north of Oakura is a Taranaki Regional Council Key Native Ecosystem. This area, as well as the walkway down to the beach are owned by the New Plymouth District Council. The Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society are also guardians of this area, maintaining a predator trap line, and advocating for penguin and shore bird protection. A great opportunity to bring together a range of organisations to put on a community event.

Why is Tapuae so special?

Its known to be an important site for nesting blue penguins, and there is a resident reef heron called Tidy! Its also an important recreational area - dog walkers are down here regularly, so raising awareness of the threat of dogs to shorebirds is important. Existing habitat includes coastal cliff and mid dune vegetation, and a sweet rocky shore. You can check out the Coast blitz started by Project Hotspot and Oakura School here.

We began working with NPDC last year on this planting as we were keen to find a spot to plant, and it looked like this area had some space! NPDC sourced over 400 plants for us to put in this year, and also put on a sausage sizzle for us afterwards!

We planted:

- pigeon wood, karaka, whau, pittosporums, coprosma and ngaio up along the walkway for bird habitat and food.

- oi oi, euphorbia, spinach, sand coprosma, and flax in the mid dune to provide habitat and food for native lizards and insects

- spinifex and pingao in the foredune along the beach to help stabilise sand.

This planting was a start, we are keen to do more here in the years to come, and will help to hand release the plants from weeds as they establish.

Want to get involved? Check out our facebook page for upcoming events! Check out these great photos courtesy of Sam Mortensen and Sharyn Smart!

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