Tui sightings are on the increase in Hamilton after decades of the native bird not being seen in out city. Various community groups and local organisations have worked hard over the past 20 years to bring Tui back into the city.
Planting programmes run by Tui 2000 and Council's own Gully Restoration Programme ,among others, have worked hard to ensure certain native species have been planted as a food source for Tui, with pest control more recently being implemented by Hamilton Halo.
The 'Halo' is a ring drawn around Hamilton, taking in key sites where Tui breed. The halo's radius is 20km, as this is how far Tui will fly to feed.
Hamilton City Council is working with land owners plantings at key sites within the city, and Environment Waikato is implementing pest control.
This will provide year-round sources of food and safe habitat for tui to breed in, and is part of the plan to attract the birds to the city.
Hamilton City Council staff at Hamilton Gardens and Taitua Arboretum have carried out intensive pest control at these nesting sites over the past few years.
To find out more information on Tui sightings and how to report them, visit Hamilton Halo on the Waikato Regional Council website (located under External Links).
Long-Tailed Bat Sightings
Long-tailed bats have been detected mainly in the southern area, Mangakotuktuku and Manaonua gully systems, with regular “sightings” (using bat detectors) at Hammond Park along the river margin.
Automated bat monitoring detectors are currently being used in Hamilton to non-invasively record bat echolocation calls between the hours of sunset and sunrise across different nights, seasons, weather conditions, microhabitats, temperature, rainfall and moonlight.
By acoustically 'spying' on the bats over periods of time, valuable information about their activity patterns and habitat is gained without having to catch or handle individuals.
The findings will increase our knowledge of long-tailed bat behaviour and ecology in the urban environment.
Project Echo aims to gather information on bat distribution throughout Hamilton city. For more information on Long-Tailed Bat sightings visit Project Echo on the Waikato Regional Council website(located under External Links).
Project Echo is supported by Hamilton City Council, Environment Waikato, University of Waikato, and the Riverlea Environment Society Inc.
If you suspect bats could be living in your area contact the Council's Community Planting Co-ordinator for advice before removing any old-growth trees on 07 838 6501 during business hours.