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To: Hon Eugenie Sage, Environment Canterbury, Lianne Dalziel, Christchurch City Council.

Save the Christchurch Central City black-billed gull colony from future destruction

After seeking advice from the Department of Conservation on the breeding success of the colony I have closed the petition. Your support hepled the campaign raise awareness about black-billed gulls, and has helped to raise the profile of and support justification of conservation efforts at other nesting sites.

Save the Christchurch Central City black-billed gull colony from future destruction

We are calling on you to prevent the destruction of a breeding colony of around 300 critically endangered Black-billed Gulls, who have settled over the past two years in the flooded foundations of a demolished building in the Christchurch Central Business District.

We ask that you take steps to protect the colony as an endangered species habitat under law, and/or by co-management with the land owners.

We ask that you protect the colony until such time as the population is no longer endangered, or the site has been abandoned for more than two years.

Why is this important?

For many years, the most critically endangered gull on the planet, the Black-billed Gull, has struggled to find a suitable site for breeding, due to flooding and predation.

However, over the past two years a breeding colony of around 300 birds has established in the Christchurch Central Business District in the flooded foundations of a demolished building in Armagh Street.

While the gulls themselves are protected by legislation, the site is not, and as soon as their nesting site is abandoned for the season the landowner can modify the site, preventing it's future use as a nesting site.

For too long, we have been putting human interests before that of the planet and our collective survival, resulting in a polluted planet where no organisms can escape the impact of human activities.

We believe that the preservation of endangered life on earth is more important, and that building development should not further endanger an already endangered species.

More information on the Black-billed gull is available here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/99498678/the-worlds-rarest-gull-calls-new-zealand-home-but-most-kiwis-dont-know-it

How it will be delivered

The petition will be emailed to the individuals and organisations named above.

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Reasons for signing

  • Not only to protect the black billed gulls, but believe it is the most poignant memorial of the earthquake that could be left in the city.
  • The CCC already have a cull on Black Backed Gull... We need to save all species...
  • Be kind to all kinds.

Updates

2019-11-06 08:12:58 +1300

100 signatures reached

2019-11-05 12:08:10 +1300

50 signatures reached

2019-11-03 23:25:36 +1300

25 signatures reached

2019-11-03 20:11:13 +1300

10 signatures reached