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Bat Recovery Project

This Forest & Bird initiative to protect pekapeka (long-tailed bats) from predators in the catchment began nearly two decades ago, with the addition of bat monitoring in 2018. In December 2021, the Bat Recovery Project secured a boost to expand the programme by partnering with Te Hoiere Project and the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme. Today, this predator control, monitoring, and habitat restoration programme is securing the protection of this threatened species in key locations across the catchment.

Pekapeka are a threatened (nationally critical) species, meaning they are at a high risk of extinction. New Zealand’s only true land mammal, these bats can be found feeding on small moths and mosquitoes at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve and other sites managed by the Department of Conservation.

Long-tailed bat photo: Colin O'Donnell, Department of Conservation

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