Females Wanted for Bachelors

In Natural Habitat

February 12  2010

The Greater Wellington Council ( GWRC) is offering women, and others, a chance to see bachelors in their natural habitat.

No it’s not a grubby bachelor flat, says the GWRC.

Wellington and district residents are being given the chance to see North Island robins in their habitat in the East Harbour Robin Walk on February the 20th.

“We’ll be looking for single males — they’re friendly and curious, mainly because they’re on the lookout for a mate,” says Greater Wellington Environment worker Owen Spearpoint.

“We’ll be leaving the family groups alone – they’re understandably a little more cautious.”

Owen says that North Island robins were once thriving in the Rimutaka and Orongorongo ranges.

But they disappeared from the Wellington region 120 years ago because of the introduction of pests such as rats and possums.

He adds: “But now, as a result of extensive pest control carried out by Greater Wellington and the Mainland Island Restoration (MIRO) environmental group, North Island robins have returned.

“Twenty-eight birds were released by MIRO in 2008. Since then pairs of robins have been seen, as well as fledglings, which is a sign that a breeding population is being established,” he says.

Owen and a member of MIRO will lead the walk into East Harbour Regional Park’s Gollans Valley, where the robins have most recently been seen.

“It’s a beautiful walk – you’ll get to see northern rata trees and native plants that are thriving now that the pests are under control. Just watch out for amorous bachelor robins!”

When: Saturday 20 February, 9am

Where: East Harbour Regional Park

How to get there: Exit SH2 at Petone and follow the Esplanade, Waione St and Seaview Rd to Williams Park at Days Bay

Duration: Five hours

Bookings essential: Call 04 801 1041 or email bookings@gw.govt.nz