IBA Trigger species: Yellow-eyed penguin, Spotted shag
Ornithological information: Besides the trigger species the following species are confirmed or likely to be breeding: Little (White-flippered) Penguin, Sooty Shearwater, Fairy Prion, Pied Shag, Little Shag, Australasian Harrier, NZ Falcon, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, White-fronted Tern, Rock Pigeon, Californian Quail, Variable Oystercatch-er, Spur-winged Plover, NZ Pigeon, NZ Kingfisher, Welcome Swallow, NZ Pipit, Grey Warbler, South Island Fantail, South Island Tomtit, Silvereye, Bellbird. Skylark, Hedge Sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Redpoll, House Sparrow, Starling, Australian Magpie.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Human disturbance – Yes - Predation by alien species – Yes - Habitat loss or degradation – No Contamination – No
Natural disaster – Yes - Breeding colonies can wax and wane in size, and the 1210-2012 earthquakes have caused cliff collapse which has no doubt caused a redistribution of breeding birds (Crossley & Crutchley 2012).
Other – No
Pohatu - Wildlife Refuge - Protected area overlaps with site
Akaroa Head - Scenic Reserve - Protected area contained within site
Dan Rogers - Nature Reserve - Protected area contained within the site
Palm Gully - Scenic Reserve - Protected area overlaps with site
Adderley Head - Scenic Reserve - Protected area contained within the site
Godley Head - Farm Park Reserve - Protected area contained within the site
Site access / Land-owner requests
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