The cave beetle in Puketiti
In Maori, Puketiti means hill with long streaks of clouds. The grass- and woodland of our Puketiti farm, Puketeti Station, also have limestone caves and rivers under its cloud-streaked landscape. In May 2021, researchers from the New Zealand Speleological Society discovered a rare cave beetle in two caves on Puketiti Station. This beetle has previously been known to south Te Kuiti karst, but not in this area.
It’s a great find, as this little beetle is data deficient and very little is known about them. The researchers gave it the common name ‘Puketiti cave beetle’, as it could be a new subspecies. Its range is limited to a small karst area and is found nowhere else in the world.
Monitoring biodiversity on-farm helps us to maintain a healthy local ecosystem.
Farming with Nature has been refined on our farms in Latvia and Lithuania. Here, we have used landscape tools throughout the farms.
Bees and pollinators
Pollination is an essential service provided by nature. We protect pollinators on-farm by enhancing habitats and reducing our impact.