Peregrine Wines is proud to play a tangible role in the protection of some of New Zealand's most rare species of native birds. The winery and its staff are passionate about helping the New Zealand native falcon ( Karearea) and the Saddleback in their fight for survival.
The New Zealand falcon Karearea is one of the fastest birds in the world, reaching exceptional speeds and with eyesight considerably more powerful than humans. They are without doubt avian rulers of the skies, birds of prey who themselves have fallen prey to human development of the lands they once ruled. Although they are a celebrated part of New Zealand's culture, even featuring on the $20 note, there are currently no more than 800 pairs left in New Zealand fighting for survival.
The distinctive Saddleback was once thought to be extinct, until a small but hardy population was found on Hen Island and islands surrounding Stewart Island off the South Island of New Zealand. In the 19th century they were once common in all forests throughout New Zealand, but because they frequently feed on the ground they were early prey for introduced predators such as cats, rats and stoats. Great hope is now held for their survival as breeding pairs are introduced to predator-free islands.
Peregrine works closely with the Fiordland Conservation Trust and recently completed their fourth major relocation project in Fiordland read more »