New Zealand Dotterel and Eggs
Onemana Beach is home to the endangered New Zealand Dotterel. Areas of the beach are fenced off at certain times of the year (usually from September until February). This is done in an endeavour to protect the dotterels and variable Oystercatchers during their nesting season. These birds easily abandon their nests if they are disturbed. Other birds that have been sighted are the Kereru and Pihoihoi (Pipit).
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Local volunteers work hard to protect this vulnerable species. Daily checks are made on the nests and chicks during the breeding season and attempts made to preserve the nests from incursions of high tides. You will know if you are nearing a nest when the parents try to lure you away pretending to be injured. If you suspect an unprotected nest please inform the volunteers of the location to: Ken Wedgewood ph. 07 865 8833 or txt 0211 414 269.
The public are requested to keep well clear of the areas where birds are nesting on the beach to avoid disturbing the birds and their chicks, and to keep their dogs under strict control.
Regular updates are made in newsletters sent to members of the ORCA during the breeding season to raise public awareness of the status of the vulnerable birds.
Pest control is undertaken by the residents. The incidence of rabbits, rats, opossums and stoats in the village is monitored. Traps are laid to control the number of these vermin in order to protect our wildlife. If you have any questions concerning pest control contact ORCA - firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are strict regulations about the presence of dogs on the beach. On the beach north of Castle Rock, dogs must be controlled and on leash during the nesting season - please avoid any marked nesting areas. Dogs are not allowed on the beach south of Castle Rock from Labour Weekend to March 1. At all other times dogs must be on a leash in this area. Please be careful to keep them on a lead on the beach reserve. These rules are published on signs at the entrance to the beach reserve.
It is critical that these regulations are respected and followed in order to protect the fragile populations of wild life in and around the village. There are dispensers, at the entrance to the beach reserve, with bags so owners can collect their dog droppings. Dog rangers patrol the beach and fines for infringements can be levied.