18th October 2022
Nerolie and Chris Cook have lived at Drift Bay for 22 years where, along with their neighbours, they have created a beautiful haven filled with native trees and birdlife. Thanks to their trapping and planting efforts they see a plethora of birds including tui, piwakawaka, bellbirds, kereru and a pair of breeding Grebes.
Realising that weta were facing a range of threats, Nerolie and Chris purchased and installed three weta motels, and they now regularly see ground weta occupying their new shelters. They have seen 5 in one motel – the occupants seem to come and go at their leisure.
There are over 100 species of weta, many of which are endangered, so why not give them a hand. They like a shady area, but even a small grouping of trees will do.
There are plenty of instructions on line for making your own weta motels – what a great project for the kids!!! Have a look at DOC’s website that includes plans for both 3 and 5 star motels: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/toyota-kiwi-guardians/take-action/build-a-weta-motel/
Or you can buy the motels from Friends of Hunua Ranges for a donation of at least $30.00, or simply make a donation to help them put more weta motels in their area. Go to: http://www.friendsofhunuaranges.co.nz/weta_hotels.php
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