Coast Road penguin fence almost f inished

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The West Coast Penguin Trust’s penguin-proof fence on the Coast Road is almost finished, thanks to a $8000 boost.
Trustee Leon Dalziel said Health Post had made the single largest donation.
Renowned wildlife photographer and trust patron Craig Potton said penguins were all too often disturbed by humans, attacked by dogs and killed on the road.
“This fence is vital to protect the West Coast blue penguins for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Potton said.
More than 100 rare blue penguins have died on a particular stretch of State highway 6, between the sea and their ancient burrows.
The $35,000, 2.3km penguin-proof fence runs from just north of Meybille Bay through to Limestone Creek. Work started in March 2014, and the fence is due to be finished soon, with a formal launch due towards the end of August.
A similar, but much shorter, penguin-proof fence south of Punakaiki, has already proved successful.
Health Post, an on-line health retailer, is on the lookout for other charities that wish to apply to be a charity of the month. Registered charities with a national presence can make an application to be included in the revolving charity of the month list by e-mailing charity@healthpost.co.nz.