Conservationists are concerned reckless four-wheel-drive owners will kill rare birds and their chicks during nesting season on Canterbury’s Ashley River.
Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group operations manager Grant Davey urged people to keep their vehicles away from the gravel bed of the North Canterbury river to protect wrybills who have been threatened by several vehicles already this season.
Environment Canterbury parks and forests team leader James Page said nesting areas were protected by the Wildlife Act, which was administered by the Department of Conservation. The nesting area had been cordoned off since September to protect the wrybill colony.
“We monitor the area closely, and there is signage installed along the river advising park users about the nesting area, and concrete blocks are installed at entry points to deter vehicles.”
He encouraged anyone who saw colonies being disturbed to contact ECan on 0800 324 636.
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