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Rare and Threatened Species Sightings

There is a common misunderstanding widely held in New Zealand that our plantations are poor suppliers of habitat for our native biodiversity. While it is true that a plantation will never be able to replace a well developed native forest in terms of its total provision of habitat for native species, it is well established in science that New Zealand's plantations can and do provide important habitat for native biodiversity. As part of recent research conducted by Scion Research Ltd and partly funded by the forest industry a survey found that plantations contained no less than 8.3% and 18.3% of the total described terrestrial plants and avifauna of New Zealand, a significant finding in it's own right.

As part of PF Olsen's commitment to the Forest Stewardship Council Environmental Certification scheme(FSC), a reporting system for rare and threatened species sighted within FSC forests is maintained. Reports come in via staff, contractors and ecologists that have been commissioned to undertake such surveys. All the data is logged and can be used to monitor trends in species presence.

This data is able to be downloaded and has been used to produce the table below showing rare and threatened or other species of interests found in various parts of PF Olsen's currently managed estate. Soon special adaptations undertaken as part of an industry initiative will allow all forest companies to contribute their data to a national database. The new website recording and reporting system will soon be fully up and running at www.naturewatch.org.nz.

Some of the rare (and other species of interest) species sightings records (birds only), aggregated by Region are shown in the table below.

Speciescolumn labelcolumn labelcolumn labelcolumn labelcolumn labelcolumn labelcolumn labelcolumn labelcolumn labelcolumn labelTotal
New Zealand Falcon 6   15 8   24 7   2   62
Kereru 10 4 12 5   22 5     1 59
Bell Bird 1     2   16 1       20
Tui 4     1   19 2       26
North Island Kaka           3         3
Western Weka     32               32
North Island Weka 2         9         11
Morepork           7         7
North Island Brown Kiwi           53 1       54
Long Tailed Cuckoo     1 1   18 3       23
Kingfisher 1 2   1   14       2 20
Paradise Shelduck   1                 1
Fern Bird       2 1 13         16
Spotless Crake         1 2         3
Dabchick       1 1           2
Bittern         1           1
Australasian Little Grebe         1           1
North Island Robin       1   8 2       11
Blue Duck           2 1       3
Buff Weka     2               2
North Island Kokako           1         1
Black Shag               1     1
Total 35 20 63 27 28 339 25 1 2 5 454