Work begins to safely release native gecko
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Last week LPC staff began preparation work for the safe capture and release of native New Zealand geckos from the Gollans Bay quarry.

The eastern part of the Gollans Bay quarry has not been quarried before, and some of the area is habitat for New Zealand native Waitaha gecko.

LPC recently gained a Wildlife permit from the Department of Conservation which sets out how we are to manage the effects on the geckos.

On Friday, LPC Enviromental Advisor Crystal Lenky and Project Director Jared Pettersson along with Dr Graham Ussher spent the day placing artificial habitats at key locations around the quarry.

The geckos and skinks will be attracted to these areas and make it easier for LPC staff to capture when the final salvage is underway in a few weeks, says Jared.

The quarry is being used to supply most of the fill for the Te Awaparahi Bay Reclamation. Click here to view the project page.

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