Your guide to events in Nelson, New Zealand
Wednesday 12th April 2017
Development that destroys wildlife and native plant communities is sometimes an inevitability, despite our desires for it not to happen.
Salvage and relocation of wildlife is becoming more common when developments cause such impacts, particularly for native lizards, some birds and rare plants.
When salvage and relocation are successful, it can help minimise impacts at a site. However there is often little guidance for industry or monitoring to ensure that best efforts are made and successes guaranteed as far as possible. There are even fewer case examples for how this can be done well.
One example that has worked well is the translocation of rare Auckland green geckos from a quarry in south Auckland to a DOC and community-run pest-free Open Sanctuary, Tiritiri Matangi Island.
This presentation by Graham Ussher will trace the background to this project, the involvement of five very different stakeholders in making it happen and the steps that have led to the first round of reintroductions to Tiritiri in early 2017.
Dr Graham Ussher is an ecologist specialising in restoration and mitigation ecology and in herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians).