In 2016 the Trust secured funds to renovate a DOC tramping hut in the Carlyle Valley.
In November 2016 a team of enthusiastic volunteers began clearing the track to the hut.
A few more trips were required before there was better access to the hut.
In April 2017 work began in earnest. Volunteers and a helicopter were on hand to get materials to and from the hut. Over the next few months rooms were washed down, walls primed and the first coat of paint applied. Furniture was scrubbed and fixed, and the all important toilet repaired.
The outside of the hut was sanded and had a first coat of paint applied, windows repaired, roof wire brushed and painted and the fireplace and chimney repaired.
As well as the maintenance work on the hut being carried out, the tall grass surrounding the hut was also cut down.
By May 2018 work on the hut is almost completed and it is definitely a more comfortable place to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
A survey has been carried out to find out what species are in the region. There were a number of indigenous birds observed such as Bellbirds, Grey warbler, NZ fantail, Tomtit, Yellow-crowned parakeet and South Island robin.
Also observed were Rifleman which are classified as declining and then Kea and New Zealand falcon which are classified as Nationally Endangered and Nationally Vulnerable.
Unfortunately no Long-tailed bats were observed.
A trap line consisting of 70 traps has been placed on the path to the hut and surrounding areas.
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A curious Robin