We are a small group of local residents helping boost native birdlife in Jaggers Bush, a thin strip of mixed native and exotic forest wedged between Westmere and Seddon Fields.
Being a Significant Ecological Area (SEA), Jaggers Bush gets Auckland Council funding for predator control, and is in the middle of a multi-year programme to remove willow and privet. We’re helping this along by regularly trapping for rats and possums. We already see tūī, pīwakawaka (fantails) and riroriro (grey warblers) year-round, along with kōtare (kingfishers) and warou (welcome swallows). Kereru are occasional visitors we’d like to see more of, and we’re always happy when the rūrū (morepork) stops by.
We’re also hoping to clean out some of the rubbish that has accumulated in Jaggers Bush, and do some native planting to help prevent the willow and privet from returning.