Rakitu seabird survey
We were contracted by DOC to undertake a survey of Rakitu (Arid Island) off Aotea Great Barrier Island’s east coast. Three hundred and twenty-six hectares, a stunning landscape with rats, weka, some land birds. The few active petrel burrows we discovered at the start of our survey were empty of life a month later. Grey-faced petrels, which can just survive on some mainland headlands were not able to raise chicks. Read our report here.
The NNZST supports the eradication project planned for this year to rid Rakitu of its rats and unlock the island’s huge potential as a sanctuary for endemic and native flora and fauna.
To this end we produced a poster ‘Poison drop islands’ to be used at open days about the project held on Aotea Great Barrier Island.