65 days ago

Where's wallaby? Drone sweeps Long Bay Regional Park in search of pest

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

Skippy, where the bloody hell are ya?

Not at Long Bay Regional Park, apparently.

A suspected wallaby has kept Auckland Council busy since a park volunteer claimed to have spotted it in April.

But trail cameras and a wallaby detector dog have been unsuccessful in detecting the wallaby, while scat samples collected for analysis ended up belonging to a possum.

As night fell on Wednesday, a team of forest survey specialists took to the sky with a thermal and night vision drone, in a final attempt to prove or rule out the wallaby’s existence entirely.

Click below to learn more about the technology used for the search and to see what was found. Video by Stuff visual journalist Chris McKeen.

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3 days ago

Are you happy about the loss of 8,000 planted native seedlings?

Todd Niall Reporter from Community News

Kia ora Neighbours, A contested decision by politicians on the Upper Harbour Local Board to mow down 8,000 native plants and young trees, could bring a hefty bill. Council staff reject that there was a mistake in the planting, and now there could be a big bill. What do you think ?

12 hours ago

🦇 Bat detection evening - Shepherd's Park

The Team from Pest Free Kaipātiki Restoration Society (Inc.)

Drop-in at any time between 8:30-9:30pm.

Find us at Shepherd's Park on the field by the Melba Street entrance.

Rain dates TBC in early March.

We are launching a series of bat-detection evenings with a drop-in session at Shepherd's Park. Come along to see if you can be the one to discover critically endangered pekapeka-tou-roa / long-tailed bats in Kaipatiki!

We will show you how to use bat-detectors and what to look (and listen) for when you are hunting bats. Our friendly team will be on hand to chat to you about why we are searching for bats, why they are important and what you can do at home to give them a helping hand. We might even be able to help you identify some of those strange night-time noises you hear in the bush!

Bring a torch, preferably one with a red-light setting, warm clothes and wear covered shoes like sneakers.

We care about the health of our staff and community so we require that attendees show a valid vaccine pass on arrival, adhere to social distancing measures and wear a mask when they attend our bat-detection sessions.

Please stay home if you are feeling unwell.

📸 Long-tailed bat photo used on event cover by Colin O'Donnell CC BY 4.0 Department of Conservation

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4 days ago

Mulberry tree leaves

Riana from Birkdale

Hi neighbours. Does anybody have or know where I can get Mulberry tree leaves.
Happy to pay for it and will come and pick collect. I have hungry silkworms and that's the only leafs for them.