Riverbed birds nest from early September through to late January and need your special consideration during this period. The endangered black stilt/kakī can start to establish breeding territories as early as July or August.
- Avoid driving any vehicle on riverbeds - park on the bank and walk to your destination. Vehicles damage plants and disturb birds; and also spread seeds into riverbeds.
- If driving on a riverbed is unavoidable, stay on formed tracks.
- Keep clear of nesting colonies and watch out for eggs and chicks.
- If you've disturbed any birds, move on quickly so they can return to their nests.
- Keep dogs on a lead or strictly to heel from early September through to late January.
- Jet boats disturb birds and wash away nests. Keep speeds low – check the local Navigation Bylaws. The NZ Jetboat Association can supply more information about jet boating in rivers.
- Get any necessary resource consents from regional councils for riverbed works.
- Talk with DOC about how you can minimise impact on riverbed plants and animals.