Members of our group have been involved for many years in various
planting programs in the Reserve. Although these programs have included
native trees, many species planted have been initial protection
plants such as rapidly growing Manuka, and there is a need for additional
tree planting of diverse trees that will provide year round food
for birds and insects. We are particularly keen to attract Kereru
the native wood pigeons, and have been planting Puriri which are
a favourite food source of the Kereru.
We have undertaken tree plantings of over 2000 trees and shrubs
since 2007 specifically targeting year round food supplies for birds.
Species included kowhai, nikau, miro, puriri, fuschia, tawa, rata
and many others. Our thanks go to the Auckland City Council and
the Auckland Regional Council Environmental Initiative Fund for
providing the funding for the trees.
We would like to see a comprehensive overall planting program
formulated and undertaken in Auckland parks and reserve to provide
a green corridor for native birds. For instance, the Stonefields
development of the nearby former Winstone’s Quarry provides
an opportunity for the landscaping to include food supply plants
and shrubs for birds.
We will continue the planting program in the winter of 2011. It
is a daunting task looking at 500 trees that are to be planted but
when 25 to 30 people turn up its normally finished in two hours.
If you are interested in helping with our planting program please
let us know by emailing your details to firstname.lastname@example.org