research needed on effects of deer on vegetation & birds

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helinnmae
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research needed on effects of deer on vegetation & birds

Postby helinnmae » Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:48 pm

My family has put a deer fence around 30 hectares of native bush on the hills in Wainuiomata to prevent deer and pigs from eating the native trees, especially the trees that birds like. We would be keen to have some data on the effect of the fence on local bird and tree life and so would invite someone who needs or wants a quiet birding spot or wants to do bird counts and is similarly concerned by the effect deer have on the environment. This would be a long term commitment as the fence has only just gone up, so the results may not be noticeable for years. The fenced area is on a 100 acre block so access is by permission only. You would need to be relatively fit as access is via a track that takes about an hour to walk up (through bush). It might be suitable for a graduate student (previous PhD research on puriri moths was done here). If interested please contact Helen indanui@gmail.com
The following article in Stuff has pictures of the area. https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/120 ... lower-hutt

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