Crash landed birds

We have had several recent (September/October 2017) incidents of birds crash landing outside of the “normal” season of March/April. Lorna Deppe (a Trustee leading a paper on the ‘fallout’ phenomenon to be published in December this year) has put together the following guide on what to do if you come across Hutton’s shearwater on the ground.

HS awareness poster

When driving through Kaikoura, please watch out for birds on the road! SLOW DOWN and avoid roadkill. Hutton’s shearwater, once on the ground, are unable to move out of your way.

Hutton’s Hub opening – Friday 4 March 2016

Launching the Hoki Ora Atu Tītī /Fly Safe Hutton’s Shearwater event.

Join us at our Hutton’s Hub opening this Friday 4 March 2016, adjacent to the Department of Conservation office, 115 Ludstone Road, Kaikoura. 10am-4pm. All welcome!

The ‘Hutton’s Hub’ will serve as the drop-off point for Hutton’s shearwater fledglings crash landing around the Kaikoura township each March/April due to light disorientation.

Enjoy guest speakers, children’s activities, nibbles, Hutton’s displays, viewing of the Hutton’s Hub, and viewing a Hutton’s shearwater chick from the Kaikoura Peninsula colony!

Hutton’s Hub Opening



Event posters for March-April 2016

View or download posters relating to our 2016 Hoki Ora Atu Tītī /Fly Safe Hutton’s Shearwater event:

Hutton’s Hub Opening

Fly Safe

Fly Safe – Public Presentations_Speaker Series

Have You Seen This Bird?


Hutton’s shearwater crash landing log

Hoki Ora Atu Tītī /Fly Safe Hutton’s Shearwater event:

The Trust will be using Hutton’s Shearwater Rescue Logs for crash landed fledglings collected throughout the Kaikoura township.

If you find a Hutton’s shearwater during the Fly Safe month, please fill this log in if possible and deliver with each bird to the Hutton’s Hub. This data is needed for important light disorientation research by the University of Canterbury.

Logs will be available at the ‘Hutton’s Hub’ (adjacent to the Department of Conservation office on 115 Ludstone Road in Kaikoura), Kaikoura schools and Kaikoura District Council.

You can download the log here: FLYSAFE – Hutton’s Shearwater Rescue Log


Found a crash landed Hutton’s shearwater fledgling? If in doubt, call us!

HELP US SAVE HUTTON’S during our FLY SAFE event (4 March to 3 April 2016)!

Please collect any grounded bird you encounter, transport in a box and drop off as soon as possible at the ‘Hutton’s Hub’ adjacent to the Department of Conservation office on 115 Ludstone Road in Kaikōura. Birds will then be processed and released by the following morning.

If in doubt or you don’t know what to do, call us on 022 FLY HOME (022 359 4663).



Volunteers Needed

The Trust is preparing for its first annual ‘Hoki Ora Atu Tītī /Fly Safe Hutton’s Shearwater’ event, which will be held from Friday 4 March until Sunday 3 April 2016.

This month-long event will revolve around increasing awareness of Hutton’s shearwater fledglings crash landing around the Kaikoura township each breeding season, due to light disorientation and attraction.

The key element of Fly Safe will be to mitigate the effect of crash landings by saving as many birds as possible, in a coordinated volunteer effort. Any bird that crash lands is unable to take-off again and remains grounded. Crash landed birds therefore die from injury, stress, starvation, dehydration and predation.

All crash landed birds (dead or alive) will be collected for processing or release at the new ‘Hutton’s Hub’ located at the Kaikoura Department of Conservation office on Ludstone Street.


The Trust need LOTS of volunteers for the Fly Safe event held in Kaikoura as of Friday 4 March 2016 – to collect as many crash landed Hutton’s shearwater fledglings around the township as possible.

Will you be in the area to help? If you live in Kaikoura, are planning to visit or pass through, or live in the Canterbury region – we want you. Crash landed birds will be collected 24/7 for a four week period from 4 March until 3 April 2016.

Volunteers are predominantly needed in the evenings and at night, on weekdays and weekends. Please contact us at: if you can assist. Thank you!

The Trust will organise a volunteer training day in late February prior to Fly Safe launching. Regular updates will be posted on our Facebook page, see:

If you need accommodation in Kaikoura, check out:



Bird Of The Year 2015 – Vote for Hutton’s shearwater!

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Forest & Bird’s annual Bird Of The Year competition has kicked off, running from 5-25 October 2015. The Trust is representing Hutton’s shearwater throughout this campaign, please make sure you vote for our endangered seabird!

Farewell event – March 2015

Farewell to Hutton’s shearwater/titi – Keep your diary free for 29 March 2015!

  • Meet at South Bay in Kaikoura at 6.45 am.
  • Welcome: Brett Cowen DoC/Rūnanga representative.
  • A walk along the Kaikoura Peninsula track to the translocated colony site.
  • Farewell to Hutton’s shearwater/titi ceremony.
  • Followed by BBQ breakfast and cuppa at the Coastguard.
  • Colony update from Phil Bradfield (DoC) and Lindsay Rowe (Treasurer/Colony Manager).

Nau Mai Haere Mai – All Welcome!

Farewell Titi Hutton’s 2015 pdf

Geoff Harrow – 50 Years of Hutton’s shearwater

50 Year Anniversary – 21 February 2015, Kaikoura Town Hall.

50 years ago on 21st February, in the rugged Seaward Kaikoura mountains, Trust Patron Geoff Harrow laid hands on the first carcass of what Canterbury Museum then went on to conclude was a Hutton’s shearwater. And so the journey began – Geoff has dedicated the last 50 years of his life to learning about this endangered species and ensuring their survival, despite the probability at the start of almost certain extinction. What an incredible man, what an incredible story.






Seabirds, Shearwaters, Science & Sea Week

A full article on the ‘Kaikoura Seabirds, Shearwaters, Science and Sea Week’ is available here (see page 6-8): Birds of NZ – 2014



Saturday 5th April 2014 – Morning

9.00 am Maori Tours – 20% off

Please book direct on 03 3195567 or email

9.15 am Photography workshop 

With birdlife photographer Peter Langlands, cost $25.

Meet in Dolphin Mary room at Encounter Kaikoura.

Book direct at or Ph: 027 4501 916

9.15 am Walk with local seabird advocates

Facilitated by Phil Bradfield and Friends of HSCT.

Meet at Point Kean, the Seal Colony car park.

9.30 am Albatross Encounter – 20% off

Book direct at or Ph: 03 319 6777.


Saturday 5th April 2014 – Afternoon

12.45 pm Lectures and Presentations – Memorial Hall, Supper Room – Koha

Guest Speakers:

1.00 pm Chris P. Gaskin 

Seabird Conservation Advocate. “Important Areas for New Zealand’s Seabirds: Kaikoura”.

1.30 pm Karen A.Baird 

Seabird Conservation Advocate. “Threats to NZ seabirds globally and nationally”.

2.00 pm Graeme Taylor

Seabird Scientist from DoC. “Conservation of New Zealand’s threatened seabirds – new insights about our poorly known oceanic birds”.

2.30 pm Afternoon tea break

3.00 pm Paul Scofield 

Senior Curator Vertebrates, Canterbury Museum. “The Albatross of the Chatham Islands: tourists to Kaikoura”.

3.30 pm Andrew Cutler

President Forest & Bird “What next for ocean governance: collaboration or crisis?”


Saturday 5th April 2014 – Evening 

5.30 pm Movies, Mix and Mingle – Mayfair Theatre Theatre tickets: $25 – door sales may be limited Tickets available online at or from Kaikoura i-SITE.

Proceeds to Seaward Lions of Kaikoura and HSCT.

Drinks, Food and Social Hour.

Wine kindly sponsored by Peter Yealands Wines.

6.30 pm Opening: Brett Cowan of Takahanga Marae & DoC Kaikoura followed by HSCT spokesperson.

Guest Speakers: 

Winston Gray Mayor of Kaikoura.

Colin King MP.

Ruud Kleinpaste Bugman, Birdman, Ecologist.

Movie: “The Mystery Bird” – Geoff Harrow

Registration and ticket purchase here >>


Sunday 6th April 2014 – Morning

6.45 am Haere Ra Nga Titi – Farewell to Hutton’s

Gather at South Bay Reserve

7.00 am 

Prompt departure on Kaikoura Peninsula coastal track to Te Rae o Atiu / Kaikoura Peninsula colony.

If mobility is limited please advise by email in order to arrange transport to colony. 

8.30 am 

Breakfast at Memorial Hall supper room for bacon butties!

9.30 am Kaikoura Seabirds Guest Speakers

Phil Bradfield Hutton’s scientific update (HSCT Trustee & DoC representative).

Nicky McArthur Hutton’s education update (HSCT Trustee).

Lindsay Rowe, Jody Weir Little Penguins of Kaikoura (HSCT Trustee, Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute).

Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura Kaikoura Coastal Guardians Members update.

11.00 am 

Ruud Kleinpaste Birdman, Bugman & Ecologist.

“The value of all living things”

11.30 am 

Lou Sanson Director General of the Department of Conservation. “Community conservation – NZ last discovered really precious – why it really matters”.

Sunday 6th April 2014 – Afternoon

12.30 pm Free – Seaweek family music and activity event

Adjacent to Memorial Hall.

Run by Brett Cowan, DoC Kaikoura and Creation Care Study Programme.

Please RSVP to to indicate your attendance to:

• Saturday morning walk

• Saturday afternoon presentations

• Saturday evening at the Mayfair Theatre – $25

• Sunday morning Farewell and breakfast