The state of our environment, especially freshwater is of great concern to a wide cross section of people in New Zealand. The recently developed Freshwater Rescue Plan, supported by 16 organisations, from the public health sector to tourism and conservation, includes seven steps on how to save New Zealand’s waterways. One of the aims is […]
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Last time I wrote about how plastic bags and microbeads affect the life in our oceans. Unfortunately there is another aspect of industrial pollution, one that is less visible. It has recently been revealed that the source of 85 % of human debris on shorelines around the world is hidden and unseen because it is […]
Plastic is at our fingertips all day and every day; the keyboard, the mouse, kitchen utensils, drink bottles, and of course plastic bags. More plastic has been produced during the last decade than over the previous 100 years. The production of plastic uses around eight percent of the world’s oil production and plastic products make […]
Did you know that New Zealand is the penguin capital of the world, with more than half the species breeding in our territory? There are 18 species of penguins in the world, ten of which are at risk of extinction. Half of those threatened species live and breed close by in New Zealand and on […]
Discussions on importing hedgehogs, a nocturnal mammal, into New Zealand took place as early as 1868. The first recorded European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus occidentalis) were imported by the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society in 1870. Apparently, this was to remind settlers of their homeland. Later, greater numbers were brought into New Zealand to control garden pests such […]
Every day we have been enjoying seeing and hearing tūī on our property and around us for over a month now. While they have visited the area before, it was more of a fleeting in the past. This is the longest they have been around home at any one time. Tūī are boisterous and very […]
Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited on a trip to the West Coast. On arriving at a small settlement we noticed a couple of keas, one on the chimney of a nearby house and its mate in a nearby beech tree. The two of them, both juvenile birds, one to two years old, […]
Over the past six weeks I have spent many evenings outside keeping an eye out for pekapeka, the long-tailed bats flitting like giant butterflies past the house and over the pond. After many evenings of observing bats close by, I mentioned it to Jono Moore, the conservation ecologist who does bat population monitoring for the […]
Writing about the impact of cats on wildlife in urban areas may not attract many friends. However we take it for granted to be able to hear the dawn chorus in urban environments, and if we want to enjoy bird song in future we need to seriously address the decline of birds in rural and […]