I have a new conservation project – I’ve joined our family up as a Halo household. Enhancing the Halo is Gareth Morgan’s latest initiative to empower Wellington households to make their own gardens more inviting for native birds, and create a halo effect around the sanctuary areas we already have in the city.
People are encouraged to keep your cat under control, plant things that birds like to feed on and doing some predator control. I’ve been trialling our cat with a catbib (pictured), that stops her being able to catch birds – so far so good.
I thought it was so exciting that I decided to invite the neighbours who share our block of land to join me. Those who were keen (about 8 households) met last week and we had a great time! That was followed by a gardening session together on Saturday, in some wandering willie-infested parts at the top of our hill. We made a good start, but it’s a marathon effort, not a sprint. It’s been such a wonderful way to meet some of the lovely people who live nearby.
I’ve written a couple of blogs for Forest & Bird about it if you want to catch up with the story so far…