A natural extension of our passion for the land, Peregrine are dedicated to helping protect some of New Zealand's rarest native birds. As well as taking part personally in some of this country's most successful preservation programs, Peregrine is proud to have worked with the Wingspan Trust, the Department of Conservation and the Fiordland Conservation Trust.
A helping hand
We believe that a commitment to the natural environment means getting out and helping with conservation initiatives, as well as supporting other passionate people and organisations. As part of Peregrines commitment to conservation the company is proud to partner with New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, contributing both financially and with hands on assistance in the protection of the country’s native bird species.
In November 2017 and May 2019 Peregrine staff joined DOC rangers to install new lines of Goodnature A24 self-resetting traps set in the north-east corner of Resolution Island, in remote Dusky Sound. While it is a significant challenge due to the proximity to the mainland, Peregrine share DOC’s goal of making Resolution Island the largest predator free island in New Zealand.
Once found throughout New Zealand's forests, the distinctive black and red Saddleback or Tieke's ground feeding behaviour made it easy prey for introduced pests. Near to extinction in 1960s, the Department of Conservation undertook the country's first species relocation in 1964. This was the first step in a determined preservation program, which has seen a strong resurgence in numbers on sanctuary islands South Westland.
Peregrine Wines will continue to work with DOC in the future to maintain pests at very low or undetectable levels, paving the way for highly vulnerable species such as Tieke/Saddleback and Kākāpō to be returned to Resolution Island, as well as allowing current populations of Mohua/Yellowhead, Kea, Kiwi and Rock Wren to flourish.
New Zealand Falcon
One of the fastest birds in the world, the New Zealand Falcon or Karearea is the only falcon native to this country. Exceptional speed and eyesight make them hugely powerful predators, able to catch smaller birds on the wing, with a territorial instinct that sees them sometimes preying on larger animals. While they remain a potent symbol of wild New Zealand - featuring on the $20 note - habitat destruction has threatened the species, with fewer than 800 breeding pairs left in the wild.
Peregrine has helped to re-establish the New Zealand Falcon (Karearea in Maori) population in Central Otago. This project has seen us partner with the Wingspan Trust in Rotorua - raising chicks at the winery, in specially designed bird boxes that minimize human contact, before releasing them into the wild, as well as transporting and releasing juvenile Falcons.
Peregrine partner with DOC
Resolution Island/Mauikatau (c21000ha), situated between Dusky and Breaksea Sounds, is New Zealand's fifth largest island. It is rat and possum free, and stoats are maintained to very low numbers due to an ongoing and extensive trapping program across the island. With our help and by working with DOC we hope that one day Resolution Island will be permanently stoat-free and threatened species such as our tieke/saddleback can be reintroduced.
Read the full news article here https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/98520099/peregrine-wines-helping-eliminate-stoats-from-fiordlands-resolution-island