On the Thames Coast, around 20 years ago, vigilant locals knew that the local kiwi population was on the verge of collapse. Thames Coast Kiwi Care was formed in 2006 with the mission: “To protect and enhance kiwi populations on the Thames Coast”.
We wanted to ‘hear kiwi calling from backyards again’. This has become a reality as Te Mātā locals are regularly hearing kiwi calling and there has been an increase in sightings over the past few years.
We now have around 250 kiwi in our recovery area!
This is an incredible achievement by our community, with essentially ten times the 2006 kiwi population now present locally.
This map represents real-time trapping data from our project area, including the count of total predators removed. An outer hexagon represents trap density for the area, and the the inner hexagon represents catches. The more red the colour, the higher the density / catches.
Roll your mouse over the hexagons for precise numbers.