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FIELD DAY - WAIMATUKU CATCHMENT GROUP

24 April 2018

Waimatuku Catchment would like to welcome you all to a field day.

NEXT TUESDAY 24TH APRIL, 11AM START AT THE BLUEBERRY FARM

Field day to conclude about 2pm

Bring your own lunch/thermos/wet weather gear etc.

To speak:

Simon Bardon, General Manager, Blueberry Country Southland – an overview of the business and actions on-farm.

Brian Rance, Ecologist, Department of Conservation – The Bayswater Scenic Reserve (known locally as the “Bayswater Bog”, a different perspective on wet-land).

We are very grateful to Simon for offering us the opportunity to hear and see about the Blueberry operation, and also to Brian who has extensive expertise in Southland biodiversity that he is happy to share with us. See below for an article I have found about the Bayswater Bog.

Look forward to seeing you all there. Question or RSVP to us as below.

Graeme Appleby Enable JavaScript to view protected content. and Fiona Young Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Co-chairs, Waimatuku Catchment Group

Rare peat bog ecosystem protected in Southland

Monday, 8 October 2007, 3:13 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government

The purchase of an area of peat bog in western Southland is an important ecological investment, protecting threatened flora and fauna that are becoming rare in New Zealand, Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today.

The purchase by the government’s Nature Heritage Fund has added an additional 318 ha of peat bog to the Bayswater Scenic Reserve on the western Southland plains.

The NHF provides financial assistance to public agencies and private individuals to purchase or covenant land with high conservation values.

Mr Carter said the Bayswater peat bog is one of the largest remnants of native vegetation on the Southland plains. But changing land use, for example, with increased dairy farming in the region, was adversely affecting the bog’s ecosystem, its conservation values, in particular, the local peat bog flora and fauna.

“Peat bogs are historically a distinctive part of the ecological character of Southland but in recent years they have been coming under increasing pressure from land development. What’s left of the region’s peat bogs has now become a conservation priority.”

“By adding to the protected part of the peat bog, the long-term viability of this site is assured; it’s now big enough to function in a natural state,” Mr Carter said.

For example, good quality peat bogs capture carbon from the atmosphere and store it, and in this way can act as a carbon sink for long periods of time.

Bayswater farmer Roy Burnett is one of three adjoining former landowners with whom the NHF entered into negotiations, and whose family had farmed the area for more than 100 years.

Mr Burnett said he was pleased to see the peat bog and a significant source of freshwater water protected. “I’m thrilled that the fund has done this as it means the bog will always remain in its natural state.”

Chris Ryan, who also sold a part of the bog, said it was reassuring to know that the area was going to be protected. “It’s good for water quality and preserving it for what it is.”

In October 1993 the Department of Conservation had purchased one-quarter of the bog for protection. This acquisition brings three-quarters of the entire bog under protection for present and future generations.

Castledowns Wetland April Working Bee

29 April 2018

Our wetland will certainly be very wet at the moment and it would be impossible to get across the Dipton Stream but by the time the field day comes along we hope it will be just a gentle stream to wade across or we will be able to use our temporary bridge.

The date for the next afternoon is the 29th April starting after lunch at 1 -1.30 It will be a good idea to bring long gumboots, parka and leggings if you have them and overalls and gloves are a good idea too. Don’t panic if you do not have these things as water never hurt any of us.

We would like to be able to weed eat the track to the ponds, find the cabbage trees , attack more hawthorns , and get into the flax area and take out some of the weeds such as gorse and broom .

We always like to bring some nice food for afternoon tea and drinks.

The Wetland is on the Dipton Mossburn road at 9km from the Dipton Castlerock road. Take the second turn on the left after crossing the Oreti river bridge. We will need to park on the road at this time of the year.

If you have questions about the day please ring Sandra at 0272707759 , Peter at 032485002 or Virginia at 032182547 .

We are looking forward to getting a good number of people to help so you are most welcome.

Castledowns Wetland May Working Bee

23 May 2018

Our plans for 2018 are to continue to open up the area and tidy up the work that we have been doing, to find the cabbage trees and to search and destroy the hawthorn trees.

We are able to supply cutting tools and gel for pasting on trees but if you would prefer to bring your own please do. Long gumboots leggings and overalls are a good idea sometimes . We like to stop for afternoon tea so if you have a new creation please bring it along and share.

We are happy for you to come and just enjoy the Wetland

If you would like to share transport from Invercargill or have questions please contact me Ann Irving 2176428 or 0276569319

Please tell all your friends , relations and grandchildren about this special place

Matariki in the Maara

17 June 2018

Kai Oranga Mataura invite you to an Matariki Open Day at the Mataura Marae.

1pm - 4pm 17th June 2018

The day will include information about the marae native nursery and restoration project as well as competitions and workshops. Click here for the event flyer and competition entry forms.

For more information contact Angela Mills Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

5 Minute Bird Count Course

16 - 17 October 2018

What: 5 Minute Bird Count Course

Where: Southland Community Nursery

When: 16th and 17th October

Identify a range of common forest birds using the Department of Conservation 5 minute bird count protocol.

You will learn how to identify a range of common forest birds using the Department of Conservation five-minute protocol (5MBC). You will learn how to establish a consistency of data collection, recording and storage and to make the data available for analysis, reporting and subsequent business planning within the required timeframe. The 5MBC course is based on the Dawson and Bull field method. This course uses innovative techniques, such as an online programme and pre-recorded bird calls, to help you identify common forest bird species. This course covers unit standard 26373.

Register here

Past Events

Southland Forest & Bird - Planting at Home Creek

21 April 2018

Forest & Bird’s monthly trip for April is to Home Creek, Manapouri. Help with planting at Home Creek wetland and explore the area by walking the loop track there. Home Creek is a Waiau Trust property, with a wonderful clear meandering stream running through it. With the Fiordland Mountains as a back drop this is a very picturesque spot to visit. Restoration plantings have been ongoing for over a decade enhancing the area and improving the habitat for our native fauna.

Note time change: Meet at Home Creek, just south of Manapouri at 1.00pm. For more information contact Edith Jones Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

This is the last trip for Southland Forest & Bird’s 2017-2018 Summer Programme, which will be joined by Geocaching community members. So if you want to learn about geocaching, come along for that too!

Castledowns Wetland March Working Bee

28 March 2018

The drought is over and the Dipton Stream was flowing too much for our Rural Women New Zealand bus trip held on the 26th February. We were not able to cross it to inspect the forest as it was too deep. During the drought it had almost stopped flowing.

Our plans for 2018 are to continue to open up the area and tidy up the work that we have been doing, to find the cabbage trees and to search and destroy the hawthorn trees. We have four afternoons for you to put on to your calendars and invite your friends along to help to make some progress.

The dates are Wednesday 28th March

Sunday 22April

Wednesday 23May

We are able to supply cutting tools and gel for pasting on trees but if you would prefer to bring your own please do. Long gumboots leggings and overalls are a good idea sometimes . We like to stop for afternoon tea so if you have a new creation please bring it along and share.

We are happy for you to come and just enjoy the Wetland

If you would like to share transport from Invercargill or have questions please contact me Ann Irving 2176428 or 0276569319

Please tell all your friends , relations and grandchildren about this special place

Wilding Pine Working Bee

24 March 2018

Volunteers wanted!

Spend the day helping remove wilding pines from Mid Dome

SATURDAY 24 MARCH

You will need to be reasonably fit and wear suitable footwear and clothing for a day in the mountains. Lunch will be provided.

Registrations essential as spaces are limited. Contact Randall Milne on 0800 76 88 45 or email Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Coastal Restoration Trust Conference

21 - 23 March 2018

Southland has the longest Coast line in New Zealand, find out how you can help look after it by attending the Coastal Restoration Trust Conference in March.

The CRT 2018 conference is themed Resilient Coasts, Resilient Communities and will be held in Petone on 21-23 March. It is not all sitting on chairs and listening though. It also includes a day and a half of fieldtrips to stunning and interesting sites in the Wellington region.

There will be an add-on fieldtrip to the Wonderful Wairarapa after the main conference.

There will also be a free pre-conference course called DUNES101 on Tuesday 20 March. Come learn about dune processes, restoration and coastal plants from our expert trustees Jim Dahm and David Bergin. Register here

Night Creatures

17 March 2018

Night Creatures

‘twilight wander looking for bats, bugs and owls’

Saturday 17th March 2018

Forest Hill Scenic Reserve, 6pm*

(meet at Forest Hill Crossing entrance)

Click here for the event poster

*6pm start with a safety briefing (you must attend this to come on the event). We will be walking a formed but uneven and steep track with limited torch use. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and behave appropriately during this event. Bring torch, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring a fluro vest if you have one. Meet at 5.30 for an optional BYO picnic tea. Finish time approx. 8.30pm.

Registration essential, by Fri 16 March

To Register, contact:

Forest and Bird Southland—Ali Meade Enable JavaScript to view protected content. Phone: 0221524285 

KCC Southland: Southland KCC Coordinator—Bronwyn Graham, Email: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.. Phone: 03 213 0017