Monitoring bird numbers help us to see tell if our trapping programme is successful. Each year volunteers carry out bird counts to determine the number of birds across the Sanctuary and the resulting movies (below) show bird-count heatmaps over time. The timeline across the top shows the year, with key dates giving an insight into the fluctuations of bird numbers.
2006: the establishment of the Sanctuary
2008: the predator proof fence was installed
2012: an intensive pest eradication programme began
2013: the Sanctuary was opened to the public
Thanks to CatchIT Graphics, we can also see the number of pest species across the Sanctuary. Below is a link to the heat maps and graphs showing the number of rats, mice, stoats and possums caught.
You know that feeling...when you've just got home and you know you have to look after the kids but you really don't want to (not just yet anyway) so you delay walking in the door...until you are sprung...and then you settle in for the night and a late night visitor pops in.
About the Sanctuary
Established in 2005, Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary is the closest sanctuary to Picton. Protected by a pest resistant fence, Kaipupu Point is a safe haven to many native plant and animal species.