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Volunteers in a small Hawke’s Bay community have built a $700,000 aviary to help protect one of the nation’s most endangered birds.

The survival of New Zealand’s critically endangered shore plover (tuturuatu) is another step closer following the official opening today of the Kotahi Aviary at Cape Kidnappers.

The facility is built in partnership with Kotahi, the country’s largest export supply chain collaboration, Cape Sanctuary, a significant wildlife restoration programme at Cape Kidnappers, and Department of Conservation. It uses a mesh made specifically for aviaries and becomes New Zealand’s third shore plover captive breeding facility.

Cape Sanctuary co-founder Andy Lowe said that with a total population of only 240 birds, the survival of the shore plover relies on biosecurity, captive breeding and predator free islands.

“It is fantastic to be part of a long-term partnership with the Department of Conservation and Kotahi to save a shore bird that will become extinct if we don’t invest in active breeding and release programmes.

Photo: Kotahi Chief Executive, David Ross with Cape Sanctuary co-founder Andy Lowe and Lou Sanson, Director-General, Department of Conservation. Photo/John Cowpland

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Posted: 14 March 2017

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