The Nelson Halo
Nelson Nature is working with the community to develop the Nelson Halo – an area of predator control and habitat enhancement outside the predator-free Brook Waimarama Sanctuary to provide a safe haven for wildlife and help bring the wild into people’s lives.
The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is a (691ha) pest-free fenced haven for native wildlife. It’s located in the Brook Valley, a few short kilometres from Nelson City Centre, and provides a nucleus for wildlife restoration in Nelson.
The core of the Nelson Halo extends from the city backdrop towards Richmond, encompassing the Council’s reserves from the Marsden Valley in the South to Sir Stanley Whitehead Park in the North, and the Parks, rivers and streams, gardens and private land in between.
The wider Halo extends through Atawhai to Nelson North, to the Maitai and Roding water catchment areas and to the sea.
The goal for the Halo is to increase numbers of native birds and other wildlife in the Nelson region by creating a food abundant and pest-reduced wildlife corridor between the Sanctuary and the city and into the hinterland. As numbers of birds and other species increase within the Sanctuary, they will ‘spill over’ into the surrounding area, and a Halo provides areas for these, and wildlife already living in these areas, to safely forage and breed.
To be successful, the Halo project needs support from everyone - community trapping and restoration groups, Iwi, the Department of Conservation, private landowners and residents, researchers, as well as Nelson City Council.
What Council is doing
Nelson Nature is working to support the Halo by coordinating an overall plan for predator control and habitat enhancement in the Nelson region. See the Nelson Nature Halo Operational Plan. (4.5MB PDF)
Nelson Nature also provides advice and support to community trapping groups and backyard trappers.
The Nelson Halo Predator Trapping Guide (5.8MB PDF)provides guidance for community groups and landowners on how to plan an effective predator trapping project within the Nelson Halo. The guide covers the six key things to consider when you are planning a predator trapping project so that you can really make a difference for the wildlife you want to protect.
You can use the Nelson Halo Project Plan template (1.5MB DOCX) to develop a Project Plan specific to your project, using the guidance in the Nelson Halo project guide.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a printed copy of the guide and template.
Other activities include:
- Providing support to community trapping and restoration groups through our Environmental Grants Scheme
- Holding workshops for people to learn about trapping predators and weed control
- Providing support and advice to landowners and residents on how to enhance habitat for wildlife
- Controlling predators and restoring habitat in Council Parks and Reserves
- Encouraging research and incorporating the latest science knowledge into Halo planning
- Providing advice and support to backyard trappers
- Monitoring number and distribution of native birds in our region
- Supporting citizen science, like the Great Kereru Count
- Supporting riparian restoration through Healthy Streams, Wakapuaka Bursting with Life, Te Wairepo/York Stream and Project Maitai/Mahitahi.
What can you do?
- Trap your backyard for introduced pests (see the Halo guide above)
- Get involved in a pest trapping or weed busting group or start your own
- Keep your dogs on a lead where there are weka and shorebirds
- Keep your cat inside
- Eradicate any pest weeds like old man’s beard or climbing asparagus from your property
- Report native wildlife sightings using Inaturalist
- Participate in the Great Kereru Count and the NZ Garden Bird Survey
- Build a weta hotel in your garden
- Provide lizard and skink habitat in your garden by heaping rocks or providing divaricating shrubs such as Muehlenbeckia species to provide safe cover and to attract insects for food.
- Join in community planting days and other eco events
Plant native trees to provide bird feeding habitat (1.4MB PDF)