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  • Fantastic start to Conservation Week

    Posted on November 2, 2015 by in Department of Conservation, DOC, Events, pest mammals

    It was a great weekend to kick off Conservation Week. First was the trapping workshop in Geraldine on Saturday 31 October. Okay, strictly speaking it wasn’t the start of Conservation Week, but it was nevertheless a great turnout, with 16 people attending.

    Trapping workshop at DOC in Geraldine

    Trapping workshop at DOC in Geraldine

    Then on Sunday 01 November, the weather stayed perfect for a great family day out at Mt Thomas. Dozens of families arrived, with plenty of curious hands and wide-eyed wonder as Geoff Swailes and Nick Ledgard explained the damage that predators are doing to our braided river birds. The damage caused by the not-so cute or cuddly hedgehog was a real eye opener for most people.

    Partnerships ranger Sarah Ensor inviting the kids on an exploratory treasure hunt to learn about our native plants and animals

    Partnerships ranger Sarah Ensor inviting the kids on an exploratory treasure hunt to learn about our native plants and animals.

     

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    Trapper Geoff Swailes showing off a hedgehog.

     

    Nick Legard, Chairmand of BRaid, educating kids on the problems of predatory mammals.

    Nick Legard, Chairman of BRaid, talking about the problems of predatory mammals.

     

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