For Katherine Chamberlain, the prospect of releasing new bird species into the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is the most exciting thing.
Chamberlain has been a sanctuary volunteer for the past decade, monitoring birds and collecting data for the past eightand-a-half years.
‘‘I’ve got some fantastic pre-pest eradication data, it’s been very stable so we absolutely are looking forward to be able to measure change,’’ she said.
‘‘[I’m] looking forward to some of those very rare birds becoming much more common and the birds that are already common becoming much more abundant.’’
The sanctuary’s pest eradication plan was brought to a halt recently when the Brook Valley Community Group took legal action, challenging the new national regulation for pest control in a bid to put a stop to the operation.
Last week the High Court ruled in favour of the Brook Sanctuary, allowing for the drop of 24 tonnes of brodifacoum-laced bait within the fenced area to go ahead this winter.
The Brook Valley Community Group has announced it will appeal the decision.
Chamberlain said it had been an emotional journey for all the volunteers who had been working for years to create the sanctuary in Nelson.