Blowhard Bush

Our branch's longest running project is maintaining Blowhard Bush, a 63 hectare reserve located at the corner of Lawrence Road and Napier-Taihape Road which is approximately 53km north-west of Hastings.

The reserve was gifted to Forest & Bird by the Lowry and Marsters families in the 1960’s and is home to many native bird species including Korimako/bellbird, tui, piwakawaka/fantail, riroriro/grey warbler, popokatea/whitehead, kereru, pipiwharauroa/shining cuckoo, koekoea/long-tailed cuckoo, miromiro/pied or tomtit, matata/North Island fernbird, pihoihoi/NZ pipit, ruru/morepork, tauhou/silvereye and toutouwai/North Island robin. 

School groups are taken to the reserve by branch members to learn about ecology and natural history.

Forest & Bird volunteers work on the reserve planting natives and eradicating introduced pests and their efforts have been rewarded with flourishing birdlife. The reserve contains 55 mustelid traps and 128 bait stations which are cleared and changed monthly.

The reserve has four walking tracks which will take you through kanuka and beech forest and many interesting rock passages. Volunteers also maintain tracks, signage and the facilities at the reserve, which include a picnic shelter, information boards and public toilets.