Land Information New Zealand (Linz) has decided to put the Mt Ida Syndicate high country property near Ranfurly in full Crown ownership for conservation, although the farming syndicate is already in the process of appealing the decision.
Connecting people with conservation work and issues in their area is the aim of this year's Conservation Week, with its theme being Meet the Locals. To celebrate the week, a range of activities will be held throughout Otago, from planting days to picking up litter.
Ministry of Fisheries officers are frustrated fishermen are continuing to flout paua catch and size restrictions.
An environmental group has slated an independent report on tenure review of the South Island high country, released yesterday, which recommended the process continue but with more checks and balances, a stance generally welcomed by farmers.
Veterinarian Tony Malthus was last night named as the 2009 Coastal Otago Conservation Award winner at a function in Dunedin.
Leave it like it is or improve it so more can stay - those are two of the schools of thought on recreational use of the Silver Peaks, a survey has shown.
Department of Conservation staff are "pretty gutted" over the death of an albatross chick at Taiaroa Head after the young bird was crushed by its mother in the nest.
Forty brown teal (pateke) will be released into Fiordland this month following the release of 20 of the birds last year.
A YouTube video which shows young European men shooting a protected native pigeon has produces a storm of scathing comments - mostly directed at the hunters, who are thought to be a group of Norwegian backpackers.
Native fish such as galaxiids should be valued as much as the kiwi and other native birds, says Craig Potton, who is in Central Otago this week filming the Clutha River episode of a television documentary.
Sockeye salmon are spreading throughout the Waitaki River system, reviving a population that existed before dams and canals were built on the upper river.
Development pressures continue unabated and now is not the time to relax rural area rules, Upper Clutha Environmental Society (UCES) spokesman Julian Haworth says.
A new award has been established to recognise the work schools and pupils do in conservation and the environment.
Clutha River conservation area Rekos Point, near Luggate, is the latest site to benefit from a mass planting of native seedlings as part of a revegetation project.
The deteriorating condition of rivers such as the Pomahaka in West Otago has driven the Otago Fish and Game Council to take a more proactive approach to ensuring the conservation and recreational values of Otago's waterways are maintained.
Sharks are widely feared by humans, but, argues Gareth Hughes, it is these fearsome predators of the sea that should be afraid of us.
Imagine feeling privileged being allowed to travel to one of New Zealand's most protected offshore islands, only to spend most of the day in a blackened tin shed smaller than a prison cell.
International research published this month suggesting frogs and other amphibians will eventually have no refuge from disease, climate change and shrinking habitat is no surprise to University of Otago scientist Dr Phil Bishop.