The survey has found there are a large number of birds in the valley, including kea.
“Kea are vulnerable to predators. So that’s prompted us to lay more traps,” says John Forrester.
“It’s helpful to know whether some of the traps need to be moved. Pest control can be very tricky. You can catch nothing, and then you move a trap a few hundred metres and all of a sudden you are catching predators.”
“We think there is increased bird life. But we had no gauge. Now that Wildlands has done their survey we have a mark in the sand,” he says.
Everyone thinks there is more bird life up there now than there was a few years ago. And it’s been noticed around the lodge.
There are lots of fantails lower down, there are kererū we have a good feeling we may be making a difference.”
The Trust is keen for more volunteers to help with their work.
But Janet Hellyer says they also hope to inspire people in their own backyards.
“I think sometimes people think they need to be scientists or biologists. But that’s not the case.
“I try to put the message across that you can make a difference in your own back yard.
“You can make a rock garden for skinks. Or put a bell on your cat so it doesn’t catch those skinks.
“Everybody can play a part, no matter how small or how large in protecting our environment.”