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Biodiversity monitoring

Alpine zone

In 2016 we began a programme of monitoring in the alpine zone with the following components:

  • Using tracking tunnels to monitor the abundance of two species of our specialist alpine fauna - Mt Arthur giant weta, Deinacrida tibiospina and Mt Arthur gecko, Woodworthia 'Mt Arthur' each summer
  • Monitoring abundance of predators in marble and scree habitats using tracking tunnels
  • Developing an understanding of alpine ecosystem functioning through annual phenology (flowering and fruiting of main plant types) studies and pellet counts.

As we gather more information it will be used alongside alpine monitoring elsewhere to determine if additional action is needed to protect biodiversity in this habitat.

Other monitoring

We monitor how native biodiversity is faring. We monitor whio breeding success by stream-walk surveys of the Flora and Grecian, we monitor the number of forest birds using a series of 5 minute bird counts and presence/absence counts and the number of Powelliphanta snails in quadrats . All this information is used to determine if our pest control is adequate.

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Blake Ambassador's blog

The Blake Ambassadors is a programme run by the Sir Peter Blake Trust that sends young people to work on environmental and heritage projects. Natalie de Burgh, is currently working in your Flora project area. She is recording her experiences on a blog: Click here


April 2016

12 kiwis translocated from South Gouland to the Flora area.

February 2016

Ecological surveys of the Salisbury Ecological Management Unit with joint DOC/FOF teams

Mar & April 2013

12 kiwis translocated from New Creek with another 8 kiwi released from the Upper Roaring Lion in April. See the pictures on our facebook page

Dec 2012

Our first kiwi chick is born.

Mar 2012

National Radio Interview with Maryann Ewers & Bill Rooke, founders of FoF.

Feb 2012

Man prosecuted for taking his dog into the Flora area, endangering the kiwi.

Feb 2011

10 years of Friends of Flora celebrated.

October 2010

Helen Clark, becomes Patron of Friends of Flora.

May 2010

Friends of Flora and DOC Motueka release 12 adult kiwi into the Flora. Read the monthly updates.


Friends of Flora and DOC Motueka release whio into the Flora. Read annual whio survey data.

Feb 2001

Friends of Flora was founded.