Date: 01 September 2016
"It is by far the most ecologically valuable duneland we have in the Coromandel and one of the top sites in NZ" — Coastal Scientist Jim Dahm
Jim Dahm, Otama residents, DOC staff and volunteers met onsite to share knowledge. It was a great opportunity to learn more about this indigenous ecosystem - including threats facing the dunes like rabbits, invasive weeds and human damage.
Showing some of the damage created by rabbits
Great gains have already been made thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers. Invasive weeds such as ice plant and lupin are disappearing and pest control is giving resident dotterel a safer place to breed.
The community are interested in extending the volunteer effort to the adjacent Otama Reserve and wetland. One of DOCs goals is for "New Zealanders to connect and contribute to conservation" and DOC will be looking at working with the community to facilitate this longer term vision.
Thank you to all those who attended and those who asked to be involved in future Otama Dune events. We will keep you posted!