Keen locals and kind weather kickstart Conservation Week

Katrina Knill —  14/09/2009

Wow, it was a busy weekend due to a fabulous turnout by BOP locals to the first two of our Conservation Week events.

Athenree locals dug deep for Conservation Week

Athenree locals dug deep for Conservation Week

Ranger Dave’s bird identification course on Saturday was so popular that we’ll be having to schedule another one for the 30+ people on the waiting list.  Those that attended enjoyed the theory session and were not going to let the rain put them off completing the practical component at Otanewainuku.  They were well rewarded with songs & sightings of robin, tui, kereru & whitehead to name a few.  But no-one needs to wait for a course, you can learn to identify native birds and their calls online anytime at  

On Sunday morning, despite more dubious weather, Athenree locals turned out in force to pitch in & start planting in our new wetland.  The rain held off right up until we were driving away with a long list of contact details of neighbours that are keen to keep working with us on the project. 

I think that the front page press in the Weekend Sun helped – Pete and I were doing our best modelling efforts and David Bellamy impressions – big thanks to the Weekend Sun!

I do't think this will have Vogue knocking on my door, but great to get our message out

I don't think this will have Vogue knocking on my door, but great to get our message out

I’ve just finished preparing my presentation for our Maketu dotterel community information evening tomorrow night and I’m looking forward to planting at Kaituna with Te Puke students tomorrow and Kaimai Summit with Corrections workers on Wednesday.  I’ll let you know how it all went when I get to catch a breath.

Katrina Knill


I work for DOCs Tauranga Office, where I co-ordinate our public liaison efforts with stakeholders & the general public. I get to work with our staff and community groups as well as helping out in emergencies such as forest fires, whale strandings and dealing with injured birds, seals etc.