100% Mother Nature

It is amazing what Mother Nature can do when left to her own devices.

The retirement of 70% of STRAVON, coupled with the planting of 25,000 extra natives, a huge pest control effort and proven conservation techniques has allowed Mother Earth to blossom and do what she does best.

The revitalisation and growth here over the past 15 years has been of massive importance to the conservation of the land and the quality of life of her inhabitants. The land endures and with the rejuvenation of the estate - the flora & fauna as well as our bird life has not only come back in abundance, it is now fair to say that it is flourishing. 

Waking up to the 'dawn chorus' in the bush just as the land awakens is quite simply the greatest alarm clock that you could wish for. We are now seeing endemic birds rarely seen in these parts now making their way to STRAVON with far more frequency and it sounds just beautiful.

Kotare

Todiramphus sanctus

New Zealand Kingfisher - native

Kereru

Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

New Zealand Wood Pigeon - endemic

Ngirungiru

Petroica macrocephala

South Island Tomtit - endemic

Korimako

Anthornis melanura

New Zealand Bellbird - endemic

Pekapeka

Chalinolobus tuberculatus

New Zealand Long-tailed Bat - endemic

Pukeko

Porphyrio melanotus

Swamp Hen - endemic

Poaka

Rhipidura fuliginosa

Pied Stilt - native

Kāruhiruhi

Phalacrocorax varius

New Zealand Pied Shag - native

White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae

Blue Heron - native

Kahu

Circus approximans

Swamp Harrier - native

Tui

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

A rare but most welcome visitor to STRAVON - endemic

Kotuku

Ardea modesta

White Heron - A rare but most welcome visitor to STRAVON - native

Karearea

Falco novaeseelandiae

New Zealand Falcon - endemic

Piwakawaka

Rhipidura fuliginosa

New Zealand Fantail - endemic