Off to a flying start! In November 2016 the Matuku Reserve Trust was able to buy 37 hectares of bush and wetland, naming it “Matuku Link”, after an intensive fundraising campaign. Buying it ensures the safety of the wildlife and forms a vital connection by linking neighbouring eco-restoration projects Ark in the Park; Habitat te Henga and the Forest & Bird reserve Matuku. (note: Matuku Link has its entry on Bethells Road, Matuku Reserve can be accessed from Jonkers Road). Matuku Link is a large native forest block in Auckland’s Bethell’s valley, bordering the Te Henga wetland. It is a home to rare wetland species such as bittern, crakes, pateke as well as to native bats along the river and the raupo. The kauri and the kahikatea are a home to kokako and many other bush birds.Over 90% of New Zealand’s wetlands have been drained or filled yet on Auckland’s doorstep is the te Henga wetland, largest in the region. The next phase is to start predator control, enhance biodiversity by plugging the drains and prepare the ground for planting this winter. The other opportunities are to convert some of the existing buildings to a field base for students, a wetland display/education centre and create a safer and easier access to neighbouring Matuku Reserve. Recently we’ve raised another $85,125 though the “Million Dollar Mission” campaign to renovate our well ventilated barn into a warm and dry display/education centre, see our blog. To succeed with all of our plans, we’d like you to join us: as a volunteer (planting, building, planning, PR, education) or as a donor: Kiwibank account 3890 18003 9553 01. Matuku Reserve Trust is a charitable trust so any donation over $5 is tax deductible. Have a look at the property from above with this beautiful video.