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Published: 2004-12-16 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has provided $4000 to help fund native plantings on a conservation block at Port Charles, Coromandel.

The Barlow Family Trust applied for an Environmental Initiatives Fund grant for the project which borders the Port Charles harbour. The family has covenanted several parts of their property and will turn them into conservation areas.

Stream fencing and replanting is being done and an ecological assessment showed the area provided habitat for a range of threatened native birds. DoC has already released brown teal on the property to re-establish this rare species.

The Trust had also undertaken predator control resulting in kaka and banded rail taking up residence, and rare banded kokopu fish have appeared in the stream since work began. The convenanted area included numerous pre-European Maori sites and European settler graves, and the Trust wants to retire land from grazing, plant about 4000 native plants and put in about one kilometre of fencing at a total cost of about $33,000. The Trust will privately fund any further work and maintenance.

Environment Committee Chairman Paula Southgate said the project had significant potential to enhance biodiversity in the area.

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