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The Landscape Connections Trust (LCT) has coordinated the development of this community-led vision and management strategy for the restoration and enhancement of the North Coast landscape, stretching from North Dunedin to Waikouaiti. This ambitious project, entitled “Beyond Orokonui”, has sought to develop a strategy that integrates multiple community objectives for the project area.
Between 2014-2017, the LCT worked with landowners, ecologists and Birds New Zealand ornithologists to study the distribution and abundance of forest birds across North Dunedin and East Otago. Teams of volunteers counted birds in key habitats to collect bird population data.
Baseline studies like this are a key part of biodiveristy restoration - they tell us what we have, and inform on what we need to do to protect our native species. Habitat enhancement and the control of introduced predators in the areas around Orokonui Ecosanctuary will help to create a safe 'halo', where our native birds, lizards, and invertebrates can thrive.
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