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Godwits Roosting at Snells Beach

Coastal Conservation 
at Snells Beach

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New Zealand Dotterel

Raise Awareness

Snells Beach Conservation Community aims to raise awareness of the major issues facing the shoreline.  

This includes:

  • Creating and distributing free educational resources

  •  Awareness events with Mahurangi organisations 

Nesting NZ Dotterel

Proactive Efforts 

Snells Shoreline Conservation Community actively assists local authorities in pest control and protection of wildlife at the beach.

This includes:

  • Removal of pest plants and planting of natives 

  • Alerting appropriate people of vulnerable nests

  • Assisting with the management of cordons to protect nests and shorebird roosting areas

We research what is being done elsewhere to learn best practices and gain alternative ideas of ways we can assist Snells Beach shorebirds.

Predator Control is part of the Mahurangi East Predator Free effort with Pest Free Snells key to the effort here in Snells Beach. 

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata.

If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

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Snells Beach is a spectacular site to see endangered New Zealand dotterels (tūturiwhatu), migratory bar-tailed godwits (kuaka) and occasionally the critically threatened fairy tern (tara iti), among many other species of wildlife .

With the arrival of humans and all that comes with us – land clearance, mammalian predators and urbanisation, the fragile habitat of the shorebirds at our little coastal town has virtually collapsed.

Imagine how the shoreline looked a thousand years ago.

You can help restore the fragile biodiversity of Snells Beach with small actions that will make a big difference to endemic and native shorebirds. 

Koronga – He manako te kōura i kore ai.

Purpose – Wishing for the crayfish won’t bring it.

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