Annual Cockle Count
Pauatahanui, Porirua

Pauatahanui, Porirua
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Departs from:
Free transport available from Z Station on Vivian Street 12:30pm or Porirua Train Station 12:45pm. Alternatively meet team at the Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve off Paekakariki Hill Road at 1:15pm
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We are joining the Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet (GOPI) to survey of the cockle population of the Pauatahanui Inlet. Cockles form a large part of the Inlet marine fauna and monitoring the strength of the population is an important tool for assessing the ecological health of the Inlet. Pauatahanui Inlet is largest relatively unmodified estuarine area in the southern North Island.

The area around the inlet has been inhabited for at least the last 600 years and the area is rich with wahi tapu, archaeological sites, and historic places. The inlet offers excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities. Surrounded by urban development, the Pauatahanui Inlet is threatened by siltation, pollution, enrichment with nutrients, road development and depletion of fish stocks.

Join us for the annual cockle count on Sunday 24th November and do your bit for this precious resource. Cockle count starts at 2pm but we will be arriving at 1:15 for training and set up.

We provide: an experienced team leader, tools, gloves, health and safety management and training. Free transport from Wellington Z station and Porirua train station - get in touch for departure times. 

What to wear/bring: gumboots, long sleeves and pants, a hat/beanie, waterproof jacket, water bottle and food.

This monitoring programme is recognised as a prime activity in the Porirua Harbour Strategy and Action Plan, both for the information it provides and for the opportunity it provides for the community to be actively involved in implementation of the Strategy. 

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