Dotterel Point Reserve
Dotterels are a threatened species of shore bird, laying
eggs in spring and summer and requiring three months to fledge
Many of the habitats throughout New Zealand are under threat
by recreation and development such as housing, roads and marinas.
Pukehina Beach is fortunate that it has a reserve area at
the spit at the estuary entrance. It is an excellent breeding
site having ocean beach to the north and extensive feeding
Along with the Maketu spit, there are something like 18
or more pairs of NZ dotterel, making it possibly the most
important single breeding area in the country. Occasional
banded dotterel are also seen.
Observation of banded birds shows birds are faithful to
the site, returning to it for many years.
In 2012, a semi-permanent fence was constructed, pests were
trapped and public awareness raised. We aim to continue to
protect this site, to allow breeding to continue without risk.
The dotterel numbers have doubled in the past year, along
with increases in oyster- catchers who share the same site
because of the lack of disturbance.
As resources allow, we may become involved with environmental
aspects of the estuary and wetland accessed by the walkway.
Further information and informative booklets are available
from Bev Nairn on 07 533 4247 or Julian Fitter on 07 533 2040.