Jobs for Nature update – 01/02/2021
Welcome to the first of our fortnightly WAI Wānaka – Jobs for Nature updates!
In these updates, we’ll send through brief snippets about the Jobs for Nature work programme.
The teams have been busy undertaking rabbit fence checking and maintenance. We work with Peter Preston to advise where WAI can add value to your rabbit plan. The teams carry out work on-farm, and WAI can assist in bringing neighbouring properties or action groups together to organise coordinated control work.
WAI Wānaka Internships – Biodiversity and Freshwater Monitoring
Lily Morrow and Nadia McNeilly have been with us during their university holidays developing programmes for:
- Macroinvertebrate Testing
- Bird Counts
- Visual Soil Assessments
These internships were carried out in partnership with Waterways and Lincoln University. We will be offering these monitoring programmes to farms across the Upper Clutha through the Jobs for Nature programme. Thank you to everyone who offered their properties for testing as part of these internships.
Looking at doing some planting this year? Planting season will kick off again in mid-March. To help nurseries understand what quantities of different species will be required for autumn and spring plantings, and for us to plan workstreams, we’re doing site assessments now with Arne Cleland.
The earlier we do these assessments, the more likely it is you’ll be able to source the right plants for your site. The Jobs for Nature team is able to carry out planting of plants supplied by landowners. We can also advise on species selection and sourcing.
Get in touch if you have a site you’d like us to assess.