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Dismay at penguin habitat vandalism


Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff are dismayed at the destruction of at least 70 plants planted in a Stanley community penguin habitat protection project twelve months ago.

PWS ranger Ben Correy said staff were shocked when confronted by the vandalism at The Nut State Reserve penguin colony at Stanley, on the weekend.

At least 70 plants, the majority of the plantings at the site, had been ripped out of the ground and tossed into the surrounding bush,” Mr Correy said.

The project, which was funded by a Cradle Coast NRM grant, involved Parks and Wildlife Service staff working with Stanley Primary School students, who built artificial penguin burrows and constructed a new fence at the site.

Students were involved in planting the trees, which were local coastal species purchased from the Oldina Nursery, which contributed to the project by donating additional plants.

The students had customised the plant guards and written personal messages of encouragement for the plants and the penguins. After 12 months in the ground, the plants had established and were starting to flourish.

“While it’s our intention to replace the vandalised trees and shrubs, no doubt the students will be very upset to see this destruction to an area where they worked really hard in order to benefit the penguins,” Mr Correy said.

The incident has been reported to the Tasmania Police and anyone with information should contact Police or the PWS Field Centre at Stanley on 6458 1480.

Dismay at penguin habitat vandalism

Ranger Ben Correy at the site of the vandalised penguin habitat project at Stanley.