Last years restoration planting season with 28 volunteers at Opito Bay on 25 July (pictured above). Join us to help protect our beaches and coastal reserves Due to COVID-19 complications, we have concluded the 2021 restoration season a few weeks earlier than planned. However, we look forward to continuing the coastal restoration in 2022. Dunes are deposits of windblown sand, and therefore vulnerable to human activity and extreme weather events. They're important because they act as a buffer between the land and sea, giving protection from coastal erosion. Native coastal plants like spinifex and pingao bind the sand and help capture more sand to rebuild dunes after a storm. Coastcare Waikato is a community partnership programme to restore coastal areas throughout the Waikato region. The programme involves local communities, iwi, the Department of Conservation, district councils and Waikato Regional Council working together to restore, protect and look after our coasts and all the species that live and grow here. As well as promoting community engagement in our environmental initiatives a key goal is to better promote education around coastal restoration. These planting days are a great way to get involved.Everyone is welcome to help out where safe and in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact Thames-Coromandel District Council Coastal Restoration Coordinator Tanya Patrick for more information or keep an eye out on the Coastcare Waikato Facebook page for event dates. Date and times listed below: There are currently no dates available for 2021, but keep an eye out for dates for the 2022 season. Working Bee's Buffalo Beach dune maintenance and weeding bee in Collaboration with the Mercury Bay Environmental Trust – Fridays, 8am-10am at Buffalo Beach reserve, get in touch with Mercury Bay Environmental Trust on Facebook Kuaotunu Dunecare – every 3rd Wednesday of the month 9am-11am, get in touch by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or at kuaotunu.nz Cooks Beachcare – every Thursday 9am-11am, get in touch via the website at cooksbeachcare.org.nz Bring your favourite little spade or garden tool and gloves. Don't forget your water, hat and sunscreen!