expansion of the sanctuary area at Windy Hill and Rosalie Bay had a big
boost recently with 3000 kilos of new equipment flown by helicopter to
three sites just north of Rosalie Bay. Three more blocks of coastal
property have been added to the Sanctuary bringing the area intensively
managed for feral cats, rats, and pigs to around 700 hectares.
Over the last 2 years the field team working in the existing Sanctuary
area has had to backpack the heavy wooden stations to replace the
original plastic trap covers. This has been slow and arduous work with
three and a half thousand boxes located over a 450 ha area. The chopper
carted in 5 pallets carrying 2500 boxes and a large bin full of traps
and bait for the new Rosalie Bay pest project area in just 25 minutes!
It has taken 18 months for field worker Dean Medland to meticulously
construct 18 kilometers of tracks in the new project
on which the pest management equipment will be located. Over the next
8-10 weeks the field team of Kevin Parsons, Rachel Wakefield, Mick
Butterworth and Mallory Thompson will deploy the boxes, baits, and traps
on the tracks at 25m metre intervals before an initial knockdown of
pests is carried out.
The Trust thanks sponsors ARC and Lotteries Environment for funding the
labour, equipment, and helicopter. Thank you also to Gt Barrier Cartage
for the use of a large bin to transport loose equipment and Kelvin Floyd
for the GPS mapping of the new area.
At 700 hectares the Trust has achieved its long held goal of
establishing a sanctuary area of this size and now will work towards
further restoration of the area though continued pest management,
threatened species protection, and reintroduction of species lost to the