In­let cockle count to take place on Nov 27

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF REPORTER

The Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let are go­ing to be busy in the com­ing months.

The Pau­ata­hanui In­let clean-up will be held on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9, and a sur­vey of the in­let’s cockle pop­u­la­tion will be done on Sun­day, Novem­ber 27.

The clean-up has been an an­nual event since 1992.

This year it will be jointly or­gan­ised by the Guardians and Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers New Zealand.

Long time sup­port­ers Plim­mer­ton Ro­tary will pro­vide a bar­be­cue for the vol­un­teers af­ter all the rub­bish found in and around the in­let has been gath­ered into bags and piled up ready for dis­posal.

Vol­un­teers for the clean-up are asked to as­sem­ble at the Browns Bay Car Park at 10.30am where they will be is­sued with rub­bish bags, gloves and hi-viz vests be­fore be­ing al­lo­cated a sec­tion of the shore­line to work on.

The spring weather can be highly vari­able, so vol­un­teers need to be pre­pared for any weather. Strong shoes or boots are rec­om­mended.

Cockle sur­veys have been run ev­ery three years, since 1992. Cock­les form a large pro­por­tion of the liv­ing or­gan­isms in the in­let, so changes in the pop­u­la­tion size are a di­rect in­di­ca­tor of the bi­o­log­i­cal health of the in­let.

The first Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let cockle sur­vey took place in 1992 and has been car­ried out reg­u­larly since.

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