BWST Annual Report 2014

Follow the link below to view the most recent Annual Report from the Sanctuary Trust, 
Annual Report 2014 FINAL Merged with Annual Accounts

some concerning details in here… 

pg 4 “Planning is beginning for the eradication of the pests once the fence is built, based on aerial drops of a rodenticide”
– I myself am not a fan of poison drops into our pristine forest environment, in general, but I understand that others hold different views. There are no easy answers in Pest Control in New Zealand, and every method has its pros and cons. In my opinion, the ONLY justification for poison drops is in rugged terrain that is otherwise inaccessible. Aerial drops of poison in an area that has been extensively trapped for years, is accessible enough to construct a fence around, and is 5km from a CBD is irresponsible and inexcusable! – if you disagree please do tell us why!

pg 11,12 “The trust has developed preliminary traffic and parking plans for visitors, which will be further informed by the development of a Reserve Management Plan being undertaken in the coming year by Nelson City Council for the Brook Valley Recreational Reserve, which includes the sanctuary’s entrance and the adjacent Brook Valley Holiday Park. The Trust will engage further with Council as this planning project progresses.”
– This seems to confirm our greatest fear that our beautiful campground could end up converted into Car-parks for the BWS 😦

pgs 22-30 contain the financial details of the trust for the last year. I was interested to note that income from memberships has decreased. $10,621 in 2014, down from $12,423 in 2013. Could it be that support for the sanctuary is dwindling? This sets a concerning trend for the financial viability of the sanctuary in future..

2 thoughts on “BWST Annual Report 2014

  1. Now that i have settled down, i should attempt to justify my previous comment. Please tell me if i am wrong, but has there not been trapping, of various kinds, ongoing behind the brook camp for at least the last couple of years. And, i thought, somewhat successfully. ?
    And once the perimeter of the ‘pest proof fence’ is closed, then isn’t that going to keep out the majority of unwanted pests?
    And if so, would it not be wiser to continue with the manual control within the perimeter, rather than poisoning the majority of what now lives there?
    Poison drops are still an extremely controversial method of pest control, and for very good reasons.
    Sadly, the best argument in its favour, is that the ‘poisoned’ native wildlife will recover from its losses. Of course, any pest population will also recover.
    This mentality is, sadly, a recipe for failure, and ongoing poison drops.
    There are plenty of people willing to volunteer for pest control, as has been occuring in the past. The fence should work in their favour, in reducing the number of incoming pests, so that an ongoing manual trapping program can more easily rid the ‘enclosed’ area of pests.
    I haven’t begun to mention the financial costs of aerial drops, (who’s making money there), the cruelty of mass poisoning, the by-kill from ‘targeted’ species etc, etc, etc…
    imho, aerial poison drops in this area are a complete nonsense.

    As a side note, i think the draft of the proposed reserve management will be very interesting indeed…………….. are they really listening, at all…?

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