Expanding the Kiwi Breeding Programme
While breeding three South Island species, as well as the Brown Kiwi from the North Island, the Trust realised that in order to make a difference to kiwi populations the facility needed to be expanded. The Trust began to investigate obtaining additional facilities.
Buildings and an area which could be used as a kiwi crèche site were identified in the Craigieburn Forest Park.
The Trust secured a 20 year lease with DOC to operate a kiwi breeding facility at this site.
The 4 hectares of leased land has a variety of native trees and bushes. Within this area there are a number of buildings which are ideally suited for conversion into a kiwi breeding and husbandry centre.
In accordance with the lease agreement the Trust has cleared and maintained an area where pens can be built to house the young chicks in a safe environment.
Lords Bush Scenic Reserve is located at the base of the Torlesse Range on the Canterbury plains. Lords Bush is an important remnant of lowland beech/podocarp forest. It is one of the last remnants of its type in this region currently managed by the Department of Conservation.
A weed eradication and restoration programme is under way in Lords Bush.
The natural vegetation and close proximity to both kiwi breeding facilities makes Lords Bush an ideal crèche site for young Great Spotted Kiwi chicks to grow up in a safe environment.