The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group is developing a small scale community based bird monitoring programme with local support from bird watchers enthusiasts Dave and Marg Fraser (members of the Ornithologic Society). 5 sites have been identified in different parts of the farm (Taharoa Trust) in order to better understand the birdlife already present and measure the impact of the conservation initiatives over time (habitat restoration and pest control). The traditional 5 minutes count method is used and will be implemented by local bird watchers on a monthly basis with support from DOC and local volunteers. This monitoring programme will expand as the restoration of the Whangawehi progresses.
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