Tuesday, April 18, 2006

KAKAPO PARROTS - Sanctuary fence has first major injection of cash

Here's New Zealand's Scoop with a promising development in the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary project, which aims to keep the pests firmly out and the conservation creatures in with a 14km fence.
Birds in - stoats out: the fence at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary has its first major injection of cash.

The Canterbury Community Trust today announced support of $210,000 to be paid over three years, in the first grant specifically towards the construction of the pest-proof fence.
The 14km pest-proof fence will contain over 700 hectares of the former Water Reserve at the head of the Brook Valley. Eradication of all the pests within this area of forest will create a sanctuary for the eventual re-introduction of the full range of species lost from the area, from kiwi to tuatara and kakapo. The current estimate for the cost of the fence is $3,200,000, however competition from a new contender may bring this down.