Thursday, 7 July 2016

Making a difference - Planting the Dunes

On Tuesday, we headed down to Worser Bay Beach to do some work to protect the sand dunes. A big thanks to Joachim from Te Motu Kairangi (Miramar Ecological Restoration) and Brian Thomas from Wellington City Council for providing us with both plants and their time.

First we noticed there was a need to weed the dunes. While we were doing that, we discovered there was an abundance of snails in the dunes. Joachim also works at Wellington Zoo and said that the tuatara at the zoo love to eat snails. He invited us to capture snails to be taken for the tuatara - this offer was taken up with enthusiasm.

We had a few different types of plants to put into the dunes and in small groups we started to do this. First separating the soil, then taking the plants out of the bags and putting them in the soil and compacting it down. Later in the day small groups helped to plant the area below bottom grass with some small trees.

While all this was going on, there was also a group doing stage one of the ground clearing for the Lizard Garden (this will be the area below the bottom court as you walk up from the Awa Rd clearing). Look out for the working bee next term to finish this off.

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