Penguin habitat is being restored along an 800m coastal strip at Penneshaw between Frenchman’s Rock and Baudin Conservation Park.
In a recent planting day, local school students – more than 70 of them – and teachers, helped the Rock to Park group get more than 300 local native plants in the ground and protect them from wallabies.
The plants are mostly ground covers and shrubs sourced from the Natural Resources KI nursery thanks to a grant from Encounter Seabirds, which is based at Victor Harbor.
The Rock to Park project, which has been going for more than five years, has removed almost all the boxthorn – a weed of national significance but also a convenient home for penguins. Parndana school students made and installed penguin boxes along the strip.
Now, the group is doing further work to restore penguin habitat. The local natives being planted will give the penguins cover and the removal of other weeds will help their movement across the area. Kikuyu and ice plant – both of which restrict penguin mobility – are the next target weeds.
The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10am. If you’d like to help, please call Kathie Stove on 0417 086 870.