OUR ECOSANCTUARY

Mackenzie restoration

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ABOUT

We live on a 10-acre ecosanctuary at the base of the Ben Ohau mountain range near Twizel.

 

Our property is home to unique native flora and fauna and we received funding from Environment Canterbury in 2018 to install rabbit-proof fencing. This fencing, and a pest control programme, means that native plants, trees, birds, insects, frogs, and lizards are now thriving in a protected environment.

 

Our aim is to educate and inspire people about the protection and value of the natural environment, and to preserve a unique part of the Mackenzie Region for future generations.

WHAT WE DO

Pest Control

We run an ongoing hunting and trapping programme to remove pest animals like feral cats, stoats, hedgehogs and possums. We also remove invasive pest plants and trees. 

Future goals

 

More trees and plants to encourage more birds and insects. Signage on our loop walk to help educate people about our flora and fauna. 

Plantings

Every year we plant more native and exotic trees and plants. We also cultivate plants and trees from seeds or cuttings from the land or the local area.

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Fencing

 

The property is fully fenced with rabbit-proof fencing. We do regular maintenance on the fence. 

Lighting

 

Light pollution is minimised to protect our flora, fauna and pure dark skies. We use timers, ensure lights are shielded, and only light what is needed.

Education

 

We aim to educate friends, family and guests about our ecosanctuary and share seeds and cuttings from the land.

FLORA AND FAUNA

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NATIVES

Blue tussock – Poa colensoi

Carpet heath – Pentachondra pumila

Coral broom – Carmichaelia crassicaulis subsp. crassicaulis

Desert broom – Carmichaelia petriei

Dwarf alpine senecio – Brachyglottis bellidioides

Golden Spaniard – Aciphylla aurea

Harebell – Wahlenbergia albomarginata

Kopoti – Anisotome aromatica

Manuka – Leptospermum scoparuim

Maori onion – Bulbinella hookeri

Matagouri – Discaria toumatou

Mirrorplant – Coprosma petriei

Mountain violet – Viola cunninghamii

Patotara – Leucopogon fraseri

Pekapeka mountain daisy – Celmisia gracilenta

Pimelea pulvinaris

Porcupine shrub- Melicytus alpinus

Raupo – Typha muelleri

Snow berry – Gaultheria depressa

Snow tussock – Chionochloa rigida

Sprawling wirevine – Muehlenbeckia axillaris

Tauhinu – Ozothamnus leptophylla

Turf-mat daisy – Raoulia subsericea

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EXOTIC

Apple

Birch

Cherry

Chinese poplar

Claret ash

Copper beech

Cypress

Maple

Oak

Old man pine

Peach

Redwood

Walnut

Willow

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FAUNA

BIRDS:

Bellbird/Korimako

Blackbird

Chaffinch

Fantail/Piwakawaka

Grey warbler/Riroriro

House sparrow

Pipit/ Pihoihoi

Silvereye/Tauhou

Song thrush

Swamp hairier/Kahu

White-faced heron/Matuku moana

INSECTS

Bees (native and introduced)

Bumblebees

Butterflies

Crickets

Dragonflies

Grasshoppers

Moths

Praying mantis

Spiders

LIZARDS

Common skink

AMPHIBIANS

Frog