Ōtamahua /Quail Island is a 56 hectare island in Lyttelton Harbour, 15km from the centre of Christchurch. The Ōtamahua /Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust has been planting trees and eradicating predators on Ōtamahua since 1998, and the project is regarded nationally as an outstanding example of community driven conservation. The island is now predator free except for mice, and at the end of the planting season in 2019 the total number of trees planted exceeds 98,000 and covers over 25 hectares. Being free of the main mammalian predators, Ōtamahua is a safe breeding site for birds such as the korora (white-flippered penguin), kaikomako (bellbird), and kereru (wood pigeon) that are in decline at mainland sites where predators are present. The restored ecosystem acts as a nucleus for sustaining a diversity of bird species around the Lyttelton Harbour basin.
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Otamahua/Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust has had support for their plantings from 39 funders since 2017 and has received 8,490 trees through Trees That Count.
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