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Fluttering Shearwater in flight

Fluttering Shearwater

07/07/2015 | Projects | Programmes | Fauna | 0

A three-year project to translocate 237 fluttering shearwater chicks from Long Island in the Marlborough Sounds to Matiu/Somes Island in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour) was successfully completed in 2014.

The programme is now in a long-term monitoring phase and is already showing positive signs of a very promising outcome:

  • Several of the adult birds regularly seen foraging in the harbour have been found in nest boxes on Matiu/Somes Island.
  • A pair of these visitors set up ‘home’ on Matiu/Somes during 2014 and produced the first chick hatched on the island in a very long time.
  • An even greater news item was the discovery during 2014 that four of the chicks from the first batch translocated in 2012 had returned to Matiu/Somes Island:
Fluttering shearwater chick

We will keep you informed on the build-up of the colony via regular progress reports on discoveries during the monitoring activities.



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