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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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    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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