Forty kākāriki have been released in the Far North this winter, as our Northland Advocate Dean Baigent-Mercer explains. Project Island Song is a shared vision for the restoration of an archipelago rich in native flora and fauna for all to enjoy. The seven wonders of Ipipiri are the pest-free islands located in the eastern Bay […]
About Dean Baigent Mercer
Dean is Forest & Bird’s Northland Conservation Advocate and has been described as New Zealand’s dread-locked version of David Attenborough with attitude.
In Northland, many great native forests and their wildlife are collapsing. When the sun goes down, thousands of possums relentlessly consume the forest canopy, slowly killing ancient forest giants like tōtara, pūriri, pōhutukawa and northern rātā. Rats come out to consume our native birds, insects and lizards. Dean Baigent-Mercer takes us on a tour of Northland’s forgotten […]
Spring has sprung and already many native birds like tui, grey warblers, and fantails are getting ready to mate and build nests now. For native bird numbers to increase they need to be able to nest in peace. Night time studies have shown rats and possums harassing native birds to the point of exhaustion then […]
Blogger: Mid North Branch Member & Greenpeace Communications Officer, Dean Baigent Mercer Three hundred people gathered on Princes Wharf yesterday as the call rang out from te Whānau a Apanui. In speech and in song their rejection of Government approvals to allow oil exploration in their tribal waters off East Cape was clear. It sent […]