A K?k?p? Recovery Group meeting was held in December and there was much to discuss.  Among the listed topics was ‘future sites for k?k?p?’.  Now that there are 154 k?k?p? the need to find further suitable habitat is more pressing.  The current breeding islands  are nearing capacity, but will provide enough habitat for another breeding season.  Beyond the next season, more space will be required.  It is not easy to find suitable k?k?p? habitat.  A site needs to be large – at least 30 hectares per bird – and preferably able to hold more than 30 birds.  The site also needs to have optimal vegetation for k?k?p? – such as dense podocarp forest.  Most importantly, the site needs to be safe for k?k?p? – so predator numbers must be extremely low or ideally absent.   The team are currently investigating several island sites in Fiordland.  Along with seeking …
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