Carbon & Biodiversity
Lake Hawea Station is home to over 250 identifiable species currently.
In the clear. To sequester more carbon from this world than we emit into it is the single biggest Koha we can make to the world. Being carbon positive took a big step forward at LHS this week. We embedded a whole new level of science - for all transportation hours people and stock. We’ve remapped all our vegetation, existing and newly planted to confirm we are moving the dial towards our goal of 10x carbon positive. We must remain accountable and there is no time to waste ... our planet is in distress. We’ve turned to developing science which will measure the volume of carbon sequestered from our regenerative soil, pastures and tussock land. Also grass types and seaweed which will reduce stock methane emissions. Areas which will push our carbon positive dial towards our goal. But today LHS officially brings Carbon Clear products to market !!! For us this is exciting but not good enough. We will keep pushing to learn more, apply more, do better.
Temperate Beech Forest and Alpine Tussock & Grasslands
Rare and Endangered Species
There are four key species on LHS which are classified as rare or endangered. We are actively involved in monitoring these species with partners such as DoC, Forest and Bird and the Wildlands Study program.
The four species are :
1. Tree Daisy - Oleria Fimbriata
With its habitat described as in serious decline it is believed LHS is one of only a few private Stations where this tree still exists. It is hidden in several steep gullies that face the lake front. The tree can be up to 8 m tall. It has small clusters of white and yellow flowers in January and February.
2. Clutha Flathead Glaxid
This small native fresh water fish is the second most endangered fish in New Zealand. They are classified as ‘Nationally Critical’ with only 12 hectares being the estimated habitat left in New Zealand for these fish. We are lucky enough to have stable populations in the upper reaches of some of our water ways. Some natural water falls have kept the Galaxids enemy — trout away from their habitat. We will be working to protect these habitats and ensure they are kept pristine. They are in quite high alpine areas and have good natural protection from shrubs and re generating bush that protect the stream. The fish is 10 to 15 cm long and golden in colour with dark brown specs.
3. Native Falcon - Karearea
The native New Zealand Falcon or Karearea is capable of speeds of over 100 km and has the ability to catch game twice its own size. With only an estimated 5000 breeding pairs left in New Zealand it is described as ‘Threatened - nationally Vulnerable'. On LHS we have a good number of breeding pairs. From the lake front area to the far corners of the back country. Watching them fly at speed is spectacular. And they make a whilsting noise as they swoop over head at speed.
4. Grand and Otago Skinks
These lizards can grow up to 30 cm long. And classified as ‘Nationally Critically Endangered'. With only 8% of their original habital existing. A breeding program has been established in Alexandra however this has yet to breed large enough numbers for release to the wild. We will be monitoring these populations with the help of Forest & Bird and also Wild lands. To get a sighting require watching rocky out crops in summer with large amounts of patience and good pair of binoculars. But it can be worth it — distinct colourfull patterns mean a Maori term for the skink is Mokomoko.