Southern conservation issues in spotlight
A professor will be in the city tonight to talk about conservation battles in the south.
Emeritus professor Sir Alan Mark will talk with members of the Southland branch of Forest & Bird in a public meeting.
A key message of his talk: the value of the country's natural heritage.
He will talk about what he says is the biggest issue facing conservation in the south: the Fiordland Link Experience monorail and Milford Dart Tunnel, both of which he is against.
He will also talk about the Save Manapouri campaign and high- country campaigns among other conservation topics.
Sir Alan said he had spent a lifetime looking at and studying natural ecosystems of the South Island.
"It's pretty special, it's unique in the world."
Sir Alan will be speaking at Federated Farmers rooms in Invercargill tonight at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, Conservation Week started on Sunday, with several activities planned for the week including an Oreti Beach cleanup and family fun day.
This year's theme is: Celebrate Conservation Week! What's your whanau doing?
Conservation week finishes on Sunday.
Conservation Week events include: Behind the scenes of conservation and wildlife film making evening talk by Dave Asher (South Coast Productions). The talk will be held at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery tomorrow at 7.30pm.
Robert Henry "Roy" Traill evening talk. The talk will be held at the Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre on Stewart Island tomorrow at 7pm.
Visit Bush Haven Native Bird Sanctuary, open daily between 9.30am and 5pm until Sunday during Conservation Week.
Family fun day including a treasure hunt, giveaways and a chance to get up close with a tuatara. The fun day will be held at Queens Park on Saturday between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Oreti Beach cleanup at 1pm on Sunday.
Conservation Week film programme. Three different films with a common theme - every action helps make a difference. At the Southland Museum and Art Gallery on Sunday.
Conservation quiz at South Sea Hotel on Stewart Island at 6pm on Sunday.
Conservation art exhibition at the Riverton Community Arts Centre.
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