The Flora is a stream in the north east of Kahurangi National Park. It forms the core of FOF's project area which is formally known as the Salisbury Ecological Management Unit. It has been identified by DOC as a priority for ecosystem restoration because of its extraordinary biodiversity values. It:
But, the sub-fossil remains preserved in the caves are testament to how much we have lost. Many of the remaining specialities persist in precariously small populations. For instance, without active management in the Flora, the emotively named shy foxglove (Ourisia modesta) will become extinct . The main threats are:
Currently we have no tools for effective management of some of these threats. FOF's work is focussed on what we can do, now, and understanding the threats for which we hope tools will be available in future (e.g. alpine zone).
The Flora Hope Spot
So what's a 'Hope Spot'? In 2009, Sylvia Earle described them as "special places around the world where conservation work has ecological, cultural or community importance". Surely, the Flora is such a 'Hope Spot'
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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
12 kiwis translocated from South Gouland to the Flora area.
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
Our first kiwi chick is born.
National Radio Interview with Maryann Ewers & Bill Rooke, founders of FoF.
Man prosecuted for taking his dog into the Flora area, endangering the kiwi.
10 years of Friends of Flora celebrated.
Helen Clark, becomes Patron of Friends of Flora.
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.
Friends of Flora was founded.