A2 Biology Trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island

Our A2 Biology class recently went on a fieldtrip to Tiritiri Matangi Island as part of their studies on Biodiversity and Classification.  Tiritiri Matangi Island is a nature reserve in the Hauraki Gulf that was for many years a private farm.  After becoming a Recreation Reserve in the 1970s the island has been restored with an extensive replanting programme followed by the reintroduction of many native species. After a long train ride into the city the students began the ferry journey to the island.  When they arrived on the island they were greeted by volunteers who led them on an informative walk around key tracks that illustrated both the history and the biology of the island. Along this walk students were able to see many native bird species such as kākāriki, little blue penguins (korora), tui, saddlebacks (tīeke), bellbirds (korimako) and stitch birds (hihi).  Seeing these birds fighting for space at the supplementary feeders was particularly absorbing. After lunch at the lighthouse and seeing the very endangered takahē the students made their way back to the wharf and enjoyed searching for crabs on the beach. Making their way home the students were tired but glad that they had undertaken the journey to learn more about the amazing work being done in New Zealand to restore degraded habitats.