Volunteers are wanted to become weedbusters on Rarangi Beach where war is being waged against weeds.
Department of Conservation community relations ranger Rebecca Mitchinson said it was hoped there would be a good turnout of volunteers for a weedbusters working bee on Sunday 23 September to clear weeds that threaten native species on Rarangi Beach.
“Native species planted on the beach by Rarangi Landcare provide important habitat for endemic insects and native lizards but the plantings are being constantly swamped by weeds. Insect species such as Kiwaia - the mat daisy jumper moth - occur nowhere else in the world so it is vitally important that we provide adequate habitat for them.
“The Landcare group has done a fantastic job planting native species such as daphne, spinifex and sand tussock but they need a hand to weed around the plantings.
“The volunteer weedbusting day will run from 9.30 am to midday and is principally aimed at removing lupins. However, we will also clear gorse and other exotics if it is needed to help the native plantings to grow.”
Volunteers should meet at the Rarangi Community Centre on Rarangi Beach Road and bring clothing suitable for sun and wind, sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, planter forks, trowels and their lunch.
If Sunday 23 September is not suitable because of bad weather, a notice will go out on Sounds FM and Classic Hits radio stations and the working bee will be postponed till Sunday 7 October.
Volunteers can contact Rebecca Mitchinson at DOC’s South Malborough Area Office in Renwick on 03 5729100 for more information.