Wynyard Landcare Group

Wynyard Landcare Group

Wynyard Landcare Group

Wynyard Landcare Group has been implementing land management projects since 1994. Since its inception the Group has spent time enhancing habitats for penguin nesting and giant freshwater crayfish, removing sea spurge along the local beaches and foreshore, removing weeds, rehabilitating riparian areas, replanting degraded areas, enhancing picnic areas and walking tracks, and developing management plans for local areas.

The Group’s recent penguin habitat protection works have been focused on a Little Penguin colony at Doctors Rocks near Wynyard. With Tasmanian Community Fund support the Group has repaired 200m of the existing 1.5km penguin-proof fence. As part of the project the Group has installed more appropriate gates to allow fisherman and visitors to access the water, and placed interpretative signage to highlight the nesting cycles, habitats and needs of the Little Penguin.

Before the fence was initially installed, the Council reported that the stretch of road near Doctors Rocks had the highest penguin roadkill level in the state. The fence has successfully prevented high numbers of penguin deaths from roadkill, which are distressing for locals and visitors as well as significantly reducing penguin populations. The repairs will continue to maintain this protection.