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Takahe are one of many endangered species in New Zealand

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Fiordland Conservation Trust

Fiordland National Park is a large area situated on the southwestern corner of New Zealand, and whilst seemingly tucked away it has two major assets which bring high numbers of visitors to the area: the stunning and easily accessible fiords of Milford and Doubtful Sound, and the multi-day wilderness walks such as the Milford Track and Kepler Track.

This in itself can create issues as the fragile natural environment needs to be both protected from - and protected for - visitors. Additionally, since European settlers introduced predators such as stoats and rats to the country, there have been ongoing efforts to prevent the decline of native bird species, such as the iconic kiwi.

The Trust works closely with local conservation groups and oversees a wide range of projects. Examples of current ones are the Sinbad Sanctuary Project, which aims to protect rare bird, lizard and invertebrate species. The Kepler Backyard Birdsong Project is installing a line of traps to create an area safe from predators, as well as transferring up to 45 little spotted kiwi to Anchor Island, a predator free haven where the species can also be more accurately monitored.

Collectively all these projects are vital in keeping this World Heritage area in a pristine state for future generations.

If you would like further information please speak to your New Zealand specialist or visit www.fiordlandconservationtrust.org.nz.

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