hihi by john stewartClimate change is affecting the distribution of environmental conditions, forcing species to shift their range in response. If a species is not able to spread to a new suitable habitat naturally, then a conservation translocation, such as reintroduction or assisted colonisation, may be required.

The hihi, or stitchbird, (pictured by John Stewart) from New Zealand is one species conservation translocation has helped.

Following on from her PhD work at Imperial College and the Zoological Society of London, CEED Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Alienor Chauvenet, is speaking at a free public event held at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand next week. As part of a panel of five experts, she is presenting research on “Climate change, hihi and an argument for assisted colonisation of the south” at the 20 year anniversary of hihi on Tiritiri Matangi Island celebration. The event is organised by Dr John Ewen, Co-chair of the Hihi recovery Group.

CEED researchers have a long history of working with the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), in particular in developing the PPP (Project Prioritisation Protocol).

More information about the hihi can be found HERE