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As part of the Braided Rivers Partnership Project (BRPP), Trustpower in conjunction with Coleridge Habitat Enhancement Trust, are working to implement strategies to improve braided river bird habitats in the Harper and Wilberforce Rivers, through:
The primary focus is the Harper River delta, which flows into Lake Coleridge. Willows and other invasive plant species are encroaching and destroying the natural ‘braids’ crucial to river bird breeding.
At the same time, a check of the area revealed that banded dotterels were nesting in the delta.
A family of South Island Pied Oystercatchers were also seen (2 adults and 1 juvenile). The juvenile had been spotted a few weeks earlier, but as with all baby birds, wasn’t so easy to identify at the time – see below!