Over the years the Banded Rail's habitat has been lost due to horticulture, housing development, modification of the estuary margins with road, walking and cycle track developments. Pests (mustelids and rats) and domestic pets have also had an impact and the numbers of these shy birds have reduced dramatically. They are now classed by Department of Conservation as at risk/ declining.
AIM OF PROJECT
The project aims to increase the numbers of Banded Rail and other shy margin dwelling birds on the margins of Waimea Inlet.
The only areas in the South Island where Banded Rail can be found are in Nelson and Marlborough. The distribution of Banded Rail in the Nelson area was assessed in 1980 and then again in Dec 1982. (Graeme Elliot; Notornis 36: (1989)). Banded Rails and Marsh Crakes were found in Nelson/Tasman in the areas shown in this map.
We hope to restore vegetation and control of pests so that there will be an increase in bird numbers and the return to those areas in which they previously were found. READ MORE ...
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Battle for the Banded rail (Habitat)
Battle for the Banded rail (Trapping)
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