September 2018

The 2018 planting area looking south

September 2018

Looking east over the stock dam - the 2018 planting area on the lower right, the proposed 2019 planting area on the upper left.

Volunteers planting above the Ships' Graveyard during August 2018
Peninsula Tramping Club and EOS Ecology

A great planting day in August 2018

PGG Wrightson

PGG Wrightson kindly donated 2000 Combi Guards in 2018. We started using plant protectors in 2016, and they have dramatically improved the survival rate of the trees.

University of Florida students potting up silver tussock seedlings in July 2018

The potting mix we use for the silver tussock propagation is kindly donated by Daltons.

Stock dam valley, looking towards snow on Te Ahu Patiki

You can adopt a penguin box to help fund our efforts to protect korara

Lizard lodges for Quail Island

The refuges are made from two layers of onduline separated by 10mm dowel to allow the lizards to squeeze in while excluding the murderous molars of mice (and other introduced predators such as rats and hedgehogs). Onduline is a corrugated roofing material that absorbs the sun’s rays providing solar heating which lizards seek out to warm up their cold-blooded bodies.

BabyGeckoFootprintsJenny also used tracking tunnels laced with a peanut butter bait to check the presence and absence of skinks and geckos over the island from their distinctive foot prints (see photo).

Previous lizard studies on Quail Island

Two other lizard studies have previously been undertaken on Quail Island.

Ian McIvor completed his M.Sc. at Canterbury University in 1970 studying the gecko on Quail Island. The photos in his thesis make interesting comparison to the landscape found today. The grass was grazed heavily creating a barren landscape compared to replanting visible today. He found 443 geckos in his study area (about one acre). The monitoring work beginning in November will enable the Trust to ascertain to what degree the predators are restricting populations on the island.

GeckoCloseupSmallKerri Lukas, a student from Lincoln University also completed a study in 1999. She found skinks to be very abundant, particularly in exotic grassland and around Muehlenbeckia complexa and Discaria toumatou. Geckos were not as abundant and restricted to only a few sites on the island.


Beach at SW point
Northern cliffs
2014 planting
Kathmandu volunteers
Arriving at the wharf
Tussock planting

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