Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Shore skink

The shore skink (Oligosoma smithi) is found in the northern part of the North Island and, as its name indicates, it frequents shorelines, particularly beaches. It is active during the day, and is often found around driftwood and other debris. On boulder beaches they can become extremely common. They grow to around eight centimetres in length and are highly variable in their colouring - from almost black to pale cream. They can be heavily speckled.

The shore skink is one of three native skinks occurring on Tiritiri Matangi and the only one to have been introduced. Thirty shore skinks were released on the Island in 2006 and 23 in 2011. The population was monitored annually for three years from January 2011-January 2013, and further, less frequent surveys are planned. While the population has not increased dramatically, they appear to be holding their own and gravid females (like the one shown on the right) have been caught during each survey. They also appear to be spreading slightly from the original release site.

Photographs by Dylan van Winkel © (top left) and Roger Bray © (bottom right)