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Community conservation groups Dunedin

Provider: Department of Conservation

Region: Otago




A wide variety of conservation-related opportunities are available for volunteers, young and old, usually within a day’s travel from Dunedin, with occasional longer trips. Many opportunities are available assisting community conservation groups with their activities. To register as a Conservation Volunteer in Coastal Otago and to receive the 2-monthly newsletter outlining upcoming volunteer opportunities, contact Lucy Hardy at DOC in Dunedin lhardy@doc.govt.nz or phone the office on 03 477 0677. The newsletter can also be found on the DOC website at http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/volunteer-join-or-start-a-project/join-a-group/otago/coastal-otago/

Tomahawk-Smaills Beachcare Trust.  Lloyd McGinty 03 454 4550 beachcare@ihug.co.nz.  We have weekly volunteer days at our Smaills Beach nursery, Monday and Thursday mornings 9.30 -12.30.
Green Hut Track Group. George Sutherland  mrsuth@xtra.net.nz   03 467 5999. Track maintenance and weed control in the Silver Peaks area. Every Wednesday.
Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT). Dave McFarlane  yeptrust@gmail.com   03 473 7259. Weeding, planting and maintaining areas of coastal penguin habitat. Frequent workdays.
Colinswood Bush. Nigel McPherson n-r-mcpherson@xtra.co.nz  03 476 1109. Weeding, planting and maintaining covenant of native bush on Otago Peninsula. Anyone able to help occasionally on week days?
Mopanui Ecological Environmental Society (MEES) Joy Pringle 03 482 1115. Weeding, planting and maintaining areas of coastal shrubs. Meet 10.30am at Long Beach Hall, last Sunday of every month.
Save the Otago Peninsula Inc. Soc. (STOP) Lala Frazer  03 478 0339. Weeding, planting and maintaining natural environments around Otago Peninsula. Regular workdays 10am-12pm on last Sunday of every month. All welcome.
Aramoana Conservation Group. Bradley Curnow. 03 477 2244. Weed control, planting, track development and maintenance of Gordon Johnston Arboretum; weed control, cleanups and conservation advocacy around Aramoana beaches and saltmarsh. Workdays first Saturday of each month. Meet at Aramoana Hall at 10am.
River-Estuary Care: Waikouaiti-Karitane (RECWK). Patricia Vanderburg.  Email vburg@es.co.nz / Tel: 03 465 8113. Maintaining a healthy river and estuary ecosystem through community participation, monitoring, revegetation, advocacy, bird-watching. All welcome on workdays and other activities.
Healthy Harbour Watchers.  Andrew Innes. 03 479 5842. Monitoring the health of the waters of Otago Harbour. Contact Andrew if you are interested in finding out more, or being involved.
Glenore-Manuka Trust. Alan Williams. 03 417 8170. Restoration of public reserve area on the banks of Tokomairiro River (near Manuka Gorge/Milton). Regular workdays, all welcome.
Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Chris Baillie 03 482 1755  info@orokonui.org.nz. Maintenance a predator-free sanctuary for native fauna near Waitati, bird counts, track clearing, planting, weed control, predator monitoring, any help appreciated.
Royal Forest and Bird Society Dunedin Branch. Matt Thomson 021 392 983 matthewjamesthomson@gmail.com.Otago wilding pine removal volunteer project. New volunteers welcome. Volunteers with current FIT/NZQA chainsaw certification are encouraged to come along.

Shetland Street Community Gardens.  Hendrik Koch 478 0311 manukafarm@paradise.net.nz  A wide range of vegetable gardening and conservation nursery and project work.  Regular volunteer work sessions are on every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm. All are welcomed.

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