Ecological Connectivity Strategy – Connecting Nature
If you whakapapa to, live or work in the western part of the Western Bay of Plenty (SH29-Waihī beach), Bay Conservation Alliance wants your feedback on this new project to assist community conservation efforts.
To participate, you are invited to click here to access our short online survey. Have your say on the species and areas you value and believe should be prioritised for conservation action.
We’d love wide community input into the survey, so please have your say by midnight on Sunday, 26 September 2021 and invite your friends and whanau to give feedback too.
All of the survey responses will go in the draw to win a family trip to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, an ecological safe haven for native species.
Maintaining and enhancing the connection between native habitats is important to protect native biodiversity and ensure healthy ecosystems. This is especially important as native habitats and landscapes become smaller and more divided.
With funding support from Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay Conservation Alliance and Boffa Miskell are developing an Ecological Connectivity Strategy and StoryMap Tool. The focus area for the project is currently the western Western Bay of Plenty (SH29-Waihī beach).
The strategy will assist community to work towards creating habitat stepping stones and nature corridors that improves movement of our native species across the landscape. The StoryMap is an interactive, online tool that will identify gaps and highlight opportunities to protect, enhance, connect, and extend existing valuable habitat. It will also help community to prioritise areas for conservation management, with recommended actions.
The research will focus on two ‘umbrella species’ with the understanding that conservation actions undertaken for those species will also have benefits for both their habitats and other native species in those habitats. As a starting point, kererū and matuku hūrepo (Australasian bittern) have been chosen.