Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Auckland landowners praised for conservation efforts

21 November 2012

Landowners praised for conservation efforts

Business and private landowners in Rodney are being praised for their role in protecting Auckland’s only native frog.

A recent survey of the Hochstetters frog in streambeds around Dome Valley and Warkworth found a population of 41. This significant find will be crucial to conservation work for this threatened species.

Hochsetters frogs are vulnerable to predation by rats, cats and mustelids such as stoats. They are also under threat from habitat loss.

Auckland Council ecologists working on the survey say the voluntary help of landowners has been crucial to their work. Rayonier Matariki Forests – one of the largest forestry companies in the country – was among the volunteers.

“In order for us to protect this species, the only native frog found naturally in our region, we need to be able to find out more about them,” says Environmental Services Manager Janis McArdle.

“Property boundaries mean nothing to frogs, so we want to thank the property owners who allowed us access to their properties for our survey work.”

In many cases, landowners have become very active in helping the frogs. Some are voluntarily protecting stream habitat by retaining native vegetation in a buffer strip along the stream edge. Some have been fencing streams to prevent stock access.

This work will have a significant impact on the long-term survival of these tiny and vulnerable creatures.

“Biodiversity is incredibly important to our region. We hope to continue frog surveys and working with landowners to improve our understanding of this wonderful and unique species."

Hochstetters frogs found between Waipu and Moir Hill are genetically different to those in the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges.

They are the rarest and the most at risk of extinction due to the risk of significant habitat loss.

Hochsetter’s frog
• The Hochstetters frog is a threatened endemic species and belongs to an ancient group of frogs.

• The frog is small - up to 48mm. It is also nocturnal, well-camouflaged, and unlike introduced species they squeak rather than croak.

• NZ has four species of native Leiopelma frogs. The Hochstetters frog is the most widespread but their actual distribution and numbers are not well known.

• Frog numbers are declining everywhere in the world. Frogs are very sensitive to changes in their environment and for this reason they are used as a barometer of ecosystem health.

• If the public finds native, frogs they can report their sightings to Auckland Council on 301 0101 or the Department of Conservation.

• People should avoid handling frogs as they may damage the frog’s sensitive skin.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news