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    Kakī/ black stilt in the Ashley River

    Posted on December 5, 2017 by in Ashley, kaki, kaki /black stilt, trapping

    The Tasman River is not the only place where kakī /black stilt are breeding. Grant Davey took these photos last week in the Ashley River area. Although in this case, as there is only one, the hybrid sub-adults nearby are most likely the result of it mating with a poaka/pied stilt. There has been a […]

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    Karikaas cheeses partner with BRaid

    Posted on December 4, 2017 by in Ashley, banded dotterel, Black-billed gull, black-fronted terns, wrybill

    We are delighted that Karikaas, makers of some of New Zealand’s yummiest cheeses, has released their award-winning cheeses in ‘braided river bird’ themed boxes. The  handcrafted cheeses include information about wrybill, black-billed gulls, black-fronted terns, and banded dotterels. Inside is a collectable fridge magnet featuring one of the birds. Best Christmas presents ever! And what […]

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    Wrybill chick killed by 4WD on Ashley River

    Posted on November 27, 2017 by in Ashley, wrybill

    Life is hard if you are a nationally vulnerable wrybill and are trying to nest on the bed of the Ashley River. Over recent years, fewer have been able to find suitable nesting sites because of weed infestation. This nesting season the weeds have been largely removed by floods. However, one flood occurred at the […]

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  • Protecting the Wrybill in the Upper Rangitata

    Posted on October 17, 2017 by in Rangitata River, trapping, wrybill

    From Department of Conservation Ranger, Murray Thomas Protecting an unusual endemic bird, the wrybill, and the endangered black-fronted tern is the primary aim of a predator trapping programme on the upper Rangitata River. Results from the last two seasons show the expected wrybill predation rate of between 10-25% of all nests was reduced to zero, […]

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    Notes from the Ashley Rakahuri: October 2017

    Posted on October 11, 2017 by in Ashley, wrybill

    By Nick Ledgard, Chairman Every year we monitor the arrival and breeding activities of birds on the Ashley-Rakahuri river – with particular emphasis on the wrybill. This season, the notable aspect has been the frequency of large floods. Although they have done an excellent job clearing the riverbed of weeds, they have also disrupted breeding […]

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  • BRaid Newsletter #34; 09 October

    Posted on October 9, 2017 by in Ashley, climate change, community partnerships, Department of Conservation, DOC, Events, migration, Newsletters, Research

    Greetings, Following our AGM held September 08, the chairperson’s annual report is available online: We have some exciting news to announce shortly with our newest ‘braided rivers birds’ partner, Karikaas, makers of fine (and extremely yummy!) award winning Dutch style cheeses: http://www.karikaas.co.nz. I won’t go into too many details here, but this will considerably raise the […]

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  • Chairperson’s Annual Report 2017

    Posted on September 18, 2017 by in Newsletters

    BRaid AGM, Sept 8, 2017 Chairman’s Report BRaid was formed in 2006, so this would be our 12th AGM. The past year has been one of good progress – especially considering that we are only a small amateur group, with the majority of us only having spare time to contribute to BRaid. When I look […]

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  • BRaid Newsletter #33 25 August 2017

    Posted on August 23, 2017 by in Newsletters

    Greetings, Firstly, a reminder that the next BRaid meeting is our AGM Friday 3.00pm 08 September at the DOC offices, 31 Ngai Mahi Road, Sockburn. You do not need to be a member to come along, however you do need to be a member to vote. It would be great to see you all there, […]

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  • Braided Rivers as the ecological nexus of regional biodiversity

    Posted on August 14, 2017 by in biology, Ecology, Fresh water management, Research

    Excellent research paper on braided rivers as the ‘ecological nexus’ of regional biodiversity; they are much richer biologically than ‘normal’ rivers, and should be regarded holistically, ie cross-disciplinary. “To be effective, conservation efforts in glaciated mountain landscapes intended to benefit the widest variety of organisms need a paradigm shift that has gravel-bed rivers and their […]

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  • Postcards from the Ashley Rakahuri River: July 2017

    Posted on July 26, 2017 by in Ashley, Reports

    By Nick Ledgard, Chairman of the Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group Birds In the last update, it was stated that annual survey numbers were well down on previous years, and that breeding success was similarly in decline. The one good-news story was the black-billed gulls, which nested successfully down at the Waikuku Beach dairy farm by […]

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  • Braided River Newsletter #32: 09 July

    Posted on July 9, 2017 by in Ashburton, climate change, Events, Exhibition, kaki /black stilt, Newsletters, Orari, Waimakariri, Waitaki

    Greetings, Firstly, a reminder that the next BRaid meeting is Friday 3.00pm (not 1.30pm as previously advertised) 14 July at the DOC offices, 31 Ngai Mahi Road, Sockburn. I will be emailing an agenda to members in the next few days. You do not need to be a member to come along, indeed, the meetings […]

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    Braided River Newsletter #31: 02 June

    Posted on June 1, 2017 by in Newsletters

    Greetings, Firstly,  a reminder that the Braided Rivers Seminar is on 29 June. Click here to reserve a seat. Winter is here, and with it, plenty of reading material for you to peruse by the fire. We have a number of reports from the last breeding season, and also two must-read reports: Prime Minister’s Chief […]

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  • Braided River Newsletter #30: 24 April 2017

    Posted on April 24, 2017 by in Ashley, Department of Conservation, DOC, Newsletters

    Greetings, Hopefully you’ve all survived the recent weather events without developing cabin fever. On the upside, foothill-fed rivers that were showing serious signs of vanishing altogether, are now receiving a decent flushing. Nick has been keeping a particularly close eye on the effect on weeds on the Ashley Rakahuri, which you can read about here, […]

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  • Ashley River April flooding

    Posted on April 15, 2017 by in Ashley

    We are all aware of the rapid increase in weeds on the Ashley-Rakahuri River and the link between the loss of bare gravel areas and the apparent decline in bird numbers. Hence the interest in the recent flood and what difference that might have made. The flood got up to 235cm3 on April 6, which […]

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    Braided River Newsletter #29: 06 March 2017

    Posted on March 6, 2017 by in ARRG, Awards and funding, biology, Breeding, community partnerships, Ecology, Newsletters, Orari, Wilberforce River

    Greetings, Thanks to everyone who pointed out the dozens (in fact hundreds) of broken links from our website to documents and pages that vanished when ECan rebuilt their website. It was an opportunity to update and restructure BRaid’s website. If you come across any errors that slipped through, I would appreciate it if you could […]

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    Weeds choking the Ashley Rakahuri

    Posted on February 14, 2017 by in Ashley, Ecology, weeds

    While a picture (or 3 – see below) tells a thousand words, the mapping undertaken by the Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group (ARRG) shows the alarming trend of weed infestation in the Ashley Rakahuri. The grey areas are gravel, purple outlines are river channels. For all their ‘bare’ appearance, these gravel areas are biologically rich and […]

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    Ashley River Update – January, 2017

    Posted on February 3, 2017 by in Ashley, Black-billed gull, black-fronted terns, Breeding, pest weeds, trapping, traps, Trustpower

    Down on the river Birds Being the wet summer that it has, river flows have been good this season, but it is not the same with bird numbers and breeding success. As stated in the December Update, annual survey numbers were well down on previous years, and breeding success was similar. Our 8 wrybill pairs […]

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    Braided River Newsletter #27: 02 February 2017

    Posted on February 2, 2017 by in Newsletters

    Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday period and are welcoming in 2017. Thank you everyone who worked with us in 2016 to help support braided river birds. I’d like to express particular thanks to our sponsors and also those we have worked with under the Braided Rivers Partnership Project: […]

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    Braided River Newsletter #26: 21 December

    Posted on December 21, 2016 by in Ashley, Black-billed gull, black-fronted terns, Breeding, Education, Lower Waitaki, Newsletters, Waitaki, wrybill

    Merry Christmas everyone. Firstly, a big thank you for your support this year. I’ll keep this brief as I know your email inboxes will be jammed with end-of-year missives. I will be away from Friday 23 December until the end of January. If I manage to snap a few photos of Iceland’s braided rivers, I’ll […]

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    Ashley Rakahuri 2016 Annual Bird Survey

    Posted on November 27, 2016 by in Ashley, bird survey

    Many thanks to the more than 20 people who turned up for today’s  (Saturday November 26) survey.  It was the 17th successive survey since we started them on an annual basis in 2000. The good number of attendees, along with the fine (if windy) weather, and the acceptable (just) river flow conditions, resulted in a […]

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