The Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers yesterday presented two conservation organisations with 30 penguin nest boxes they have been working on to help protect the birds.
Kaipupu Point volunteer Peter Hamill said voluntary work and sponsorship was crucial for the organisation to be able to protect native species in the area.
"What we are trying to do at Kaipupu is encourage the breeding of the penguins and putting these boxes around will give them a chance to re-establish themselves. Having [donations] like this allows us to spend our money more wisely," he said.
Building the boxes had taken the men at the woodworking guild one day a week for three weeks, after they were approached by Department of Conservation Picton ranger Robin Cox.
The boxes have a small entrance for the birds, providing them with shelter and protection from predators such as dogs and cats.
Woodworker Ron Perano said the men had been happy to be asked to help with the project.
"We were privileged to be asked to do them actually, it was a worthy project," he said.
Untouched World charitable trust lead teacher Peter Sutton was also collecting some of the shelters, to be taken to Blumine Island wildlife reserve, which had been running an education and sustainability programme for the past 11 years.
Marlborough Boys' College student Jonathan Cash last year got the chance to go on the programme, and deliver boxes of the same kind, which he built with the schools environment group.
Mr Cash said it had been rewarding to give something back to the environment, which had always been an important part of his life. "I just love getting involved," he said.
Mr Hamill said they wanted to have about 30 or 40 of the penguin boxes, and was hoping to get similar structures built for other wildlife, including weta and lizards.
- The Marlborough Express