BioBlitz unmissable for volunteers

03 Mar 2012

For the 150 volunteers who joined the BioBlitz on the Denniston Plateau the chance to work with leading scientists at one of New Zealand’s most special places was too good a chance to miss.

Mark Campbell, who travelled from Christchurch to take part, said the BioBlitz was an opportunity to visit a place he has never been and to learn from the experts.

“Denniston is a great place to find some unique New Zealand ecosystems,” he says.
“It’s more scenic than I expected. I had heard it was a bleak, wind blown place but there is so much here. Every step you take, you are finding really interesting stuff.”

For Wellingtonian Frances Mountier , who is involved in the climate change movement, Denniston is about trying to stop another new coal mine contributing to global warming.

“This is direct action and direct science and it’s great that what we are doing is contributing to knowledge about the plateau.

“I will be fantastic if this group of awesome people helps lead to Denniston becoming a reserve.”

Lizard and frog scientist Mandy Tocher of Dunedin welcomed the chance to work with other scientists and believes the concept of a BioBlitz is a great way of enthusing all those who volunteered and engaging the interest of the public, who at times might get a little jaded with the green message.

It will also contribute to ensuring any decision on the future of Denniston Plateau is based on facts, drawn in part from the discoveries made during the weekend.