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Wellington Shell Club
The Wellington Shell Club is inclusive. We are open to those at any level of interest in shell collecting (marine & terrestrial), conchology or malacology generally.
The club has monthly meetings at different locations in the greater Wellington region and makes occasional local field trips to other parts of New Zealand.
The club publishes a monthly newsletter and an annual journal, Cookia.
Adults and children interested in shells (both marine & terrestrial) from New Zealand or overseas are invited to join the club.
We Are Interested in Acquiring Shells With Scientific Data
Do you have a shell, shells or a shell collection with good data or labels? The Wellington Shell Club may be interested in acquisition by donation or purchase.
We are particularly interested in accurately identified shells with data that includes the collection site and a collection date. Anything offered without some or all of this essential information is usually of no scientific value.
New Zealand shells are preferred to foreign shells. Any offerings must be good condition and not broken, chipped, faded, bleached or beach worn.
If you have shells in good condition with collection data for donation or sale to the Wellington Shell Club please contact us for an initial discussion.
In accordance with our policy of making copies of Cookia freely available on this website when they are 10 years old Cookia Vol 24, November 2012 is now available on the Publications page.
Shell Collecting Locations
In addition, the reference book New Zealand Seashells has detailed information on shell collecting locations. The authors have generously consented to publication of the location map here. Limited editions of the book remain available upon enquiries to the authors email@example.com.
Visitors and prospective members are welcome at our meetings and events. Please let us know if you would like to attend one of these meetings and e-mail us for details.
Alternatively, our postal address is:
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What is the best thing about our club?
The people in the club are friendly and outgoing types who enjoy a good walk along the beach and sharing their knowledge and experiences about shells.