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The field team have completed their planning for the up and coming planting season. First the days and areas are decided, and then which plants we want to put in each of the areas aligned to the relevant reserve planting plans. This year we are planting in our ‘totara dunes’ at Tavora, North Otago, creating new breeding habitat for yeps at Okia on the Otago Peninsula, and creating wind breaks and shelter at our newest reserve at Long Point, South Otago.
Every year we plant our revegetation favourites like broadleaf, Coprosma propinqua, and Pittosporum species, and enhance existing bush or more sheltered sites with species like wineberry and narrow-leaved mahoe. As these plants get established, we start to add some of the interest trees that would be found in the area but in lesser numbers, for example kahikatea, or Olearia fragrantissima, the fragrant flowering tree daisy.
We also grow plants that are suitable for attracting lizards. These species, which include Coprosma tayloriae and totara, are planted into our habitats as part of our restoration work. But they are also grown for other individuals and groups who want to bring lizards back into their areas.
Plants from our nursery also go to projects for birds, bees or beautification of public spaces. Some requests can be very specific; for example we have been asked for plants that don’t drop leaves or flowers! This may sound odd, but plants that have insect-pollinated flowers might attract flies that could lead to an increase in fly strike in young albatross chicks at Taiaroa Head.
It can be quite challenging to find the perfect plant for each situation, but native plants are so diverse that we generally come up with a solution. We really enjoy the challenges of different projects; it gives us an excuse to learn about other restoration projects in the Otago area.
If you watch the attached slide show you will be able to see some of the species we grow. They are expertly held by our fantastic volunteers who helped grow them.
If you know anyone who would be interested in plants, feel free to contact us. And don’t forget to come along to our community planting days.
Posted on April 13th, 2012 No comments
David spoke to the students about living with penguins on southern beaches. Students had hands on experience of yellow-eyed penguin nest searching, and learnt about penguin monitoring, moulting penguins and how to keep penguins safe from predators.
There was some great feedback from the students, and excellent questions, and luckily everyone’s fingers and toes were intact after the trap demonstration and trap petanque!
Thanks to Trust volunteers Caroline Forsyth, Linzi, and Michael Stevenson who ably helped out on the day with setting up all the equipment and leading the teams of nest searchers.
Posted on April 13th, 2012 No comments
Tuesday 5 June
Arbor Day – help us plant 1000x trees
Okia Reserve, Otago Peninsula
Meet at Dick Rd carpark,10am
Bring spades, warm clothes, food and drink.
For more information contact the YEPT office
Phone 03 4790011
Posted on December 5th, 2011 No comments
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust made their inaugural appearance in Dunedin’s Santa Parade on Sunday 4 December 2011. Over 25 volunteers, Trust staff and supporters donned penguin costumes, yellow beaks and masks in true penguin style, and danced, skated, uni-cycled and drove mobile penguins along George Street. Up to 40,000 spectators turned out on the day to experience the fun and Christmas atmosphere of this longstanding community event. And, of course, the big guy turned up too – in his traditional red and white. Thank you to everyone who supported the Trust’s parade – we plan on doing it again next year! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on November 28th, 2011 No comments
Despite a promising start to the day (in spite of an atrocious forecast), the planters and Trust staff were eventually rained off around lunchtime. Some true grit and resolve were on display as the final few plants went in amid the downpour! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 28th, 2011 No comments
A hardy group of students from Opoho Primary School joined Ranger Leith Thomson and Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust Nursery staff Toby Bulow and Anita Pillai on Friday 19th August at Okia to help plant pikao in the native dune systems that we have been developing. Despite the snow earlier in the week and the lingering southerly, around 11 pupils, parents and teacher Lucy Marr were still keen to come out and learn about native dune systems. They successfully planted 200 pikao plants in a very short time.
The group from the school, the Fantails Club, is dedicated to doing things to help the environment and is supported by the Enviroschools programme. They have offered to assist us with growing pikao in their school shade house that we can use on our reserves. We will visit the school later this year to teach them how we propagate pikao and how to look after it. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on June 2nd, 2011 No comments
Arbor Day planting with Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust at Okia Reserve – Sunday 5 June 2011
Where: Okia Reserve – meet at the Dick Road carpark, Papanui Inlet, Otago Peninsula. Click here for map
When: 5th June 10am.
Bring: warm clothes, rain parka, work gloves, snacks, lunch & thermos/water. Wear boots or sensible footwear.
The planting site on the dunes at the mid-beach is about 20 minutes’ walk from Dick Road carpark. Some planting spades are available, but bring your own if you have one.
Expected conclusion around 3pm. All welcome.
Contact the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust for more information on 479-0011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on May 25th, 2011 No comments
Thanks to the Speight’s Brewery Environment Fund, the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust Nursery kicked off their planting season this year on International Day of Biological Diversity, Sunday 22 May, 2011 at Tavora Reserve, East Otago.
More than 20 Trust volunteers, staff and supporters pitched in alongside Highlander players Siale Piutau, Shaun Treeby and Highlander marketing manager Doug McSweeney to plant 1000 native trees, shrubs, flaxes and pikao. The aim of the day was to extend the current planting towards the southern beach to enhance the biodiversity where the rare yellow-eyed penguins breed. The restoration of these riparian strips, which provide ecological and environmental benefits for integrated land-use practices, is the way forward for conservation.
The planting took place as part of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust programme of conservation activity using trees from its own nursery, which produces approximately 15,000 trees each year, the bulk of which will be planted in its own reserves this winter. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 15th, 2011 No comments
Thanks to Speight’s Environment Fund, the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust Nursery will kick off their planting season this year with $5,000 of trees and shrubs to be planted at Tavora Reserve, East Otago, on Sunday 22 May at 10 am. Join in and help restore yellow-eyed penguin habitats with the Trust and volunteers on this International Day of Biological Diversity. And because conservation is important to Southern Men, some of the Highlanders including Ben Smith will be there to help out.
- Place: Tavora Reserve, Bobby’s Head, Goodwood Road. Take SH1 north to Goodwood, turning right at AA sign to reserve.
- Time: 9.15 am, be at the old Wilson’s Distillery car park in Dunedin, or 10am at the reserve car park.
- Plan: To plant trees and shrubs at the South Beach and optional loop track walk, leaving reserve by 3 pm.
- Take: Spades, gardening gloves, warm clothing, lunch and drinks
NB: no toilet facilities
Plants were funded through a $5,000 grant from the Speight’s Brewery Environment Fund in 2010