Upcoming Events

SERN Spring Field Trip 2017 - Eastern Southland

4 November 2017

SERN (Southland Ecological Restoration network) Spring Field Day - a chance for people involved/interested in native habitat restoration to find out about what’s happening around Southland. This years trip is to Eastern Southland, starting with a stop in the Waituna Catchment to hear about the work going on there with help from the DOC/Fonterra Living Waters team. Then on to Environment Southland’s lease ground on the lower Matuara for a walk through O’Neills Bush and discussion about predator control planned for that wider area, along with a vision for the future of the area. Following lunch (byo) at Waimahaka Hall, it’s on to Beggs Bush to check out the plantings going on in an area that had been pines, and explore the forest reserve that adjoins the Catlin Forest. The final stop will be the Wyndham Wildlife Refuge, where native plantings were started 10 years ago, along with a new challenge of removing willows and getting natives growing around the old oxbow. Bus kindly sponsored by Environment Southland, however bookings essential. The bus departs at 9.00am from Feldwick Gates, Queens Park and returns by about 5.00pm. Please contact Gay at Enable JavaScript to view protected content. if you would like to come along for the day or for more details.

Mid Dome Wilding Pine Day 2017

11 November 2017

Are you wild about trees?

The next Mid Dome Wilding Tree Charitable Trust work day will be held on Saturday 11 November 2017

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Registrations are essential so please contact Randall Milne on 0800 76 88 45 or by email - Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Where: Mid Dome area

When: Saturday 11 October, all day

Wetlands Work Day

12 November 2017

Wetlands Working Day at Castledowns/Dipton Wetlands. 900 Dipton Mossburn Road, Castledowns

1pm - 4pm

We plan to have a tidy along the track and develop the track further through to the high value area. Bring tools for weeding, and track cutting: loppers, saw, spade and gloves. Waterproof footwear advised. Everyone welcome. Come to have a look at what is being developed and get involved in this unique opportunity to help with the forming of tracks and decision making for future projects.

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Past Events

Talking about BATS

18 October 2017

Dr Ian Davidson-Watts, experienced general ecologist and expert on bats, shares his knowledge on NZ bats with an intro on Southland bats.

Where: Gore Library

When: Wednesday 18 October, 7.00pm

Mini Bioblitz, Sandy Point, Otatara

14 October 2017

Come and join us for Invercargill’s first ever BioBlitz.

A BioBlitz is a scientific treasure hunt and race against time. The goal is to count as many species (insects, plants, lichens, birds etc) as possible during the event. We’ll have experts on hand to help you identify your finds and guide you around the area.

When: 14th October 2017: 10am to 4.30pm.

Where: Meet at Daffodil Bay, Sandy Point, Otatara

What you need: Bring your own drink bottle and appropriate clothing.

You can record your finds on the iNaturalist app, so download it from the app store before the event.

For more information contact Environment Southland biodiversity programme coordinator Ali Meade on 0800 76 88 45.

Southland Biodiversity Workshop

30 September 2017

Community groups are invited to attend a biodiversity workshop starting at 6pm on the 30th of September. The workshop will be held at Southland Community Nursery’s Education Centre, 185 Grant Road, Otatara, Invercargill.

You’ll hear talks covering pest control, Southland restoration projects, software tools to help monitor and manage biodiversity projects, and also partake in night workshops facilitated by experts on bat, gecko and insect monitoring. This will also be a great chance to network with others that are involved and interested in biodiversity protection and restoration.

There will be a BBQ dinner and supper provided.

Please bring a torch for the workshops.

Ensure you RSVP to this event as spaces are limited and let me know if you have any dietary requirements.

RSVP to Shaun Cunningham by email Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or phone 03 211 5424 asap.

Saving Southland's Special Species: Kakapo and Takahe Conservation

12 September 2017

SPRING Environmental Lecture Series

Venue: Southern Institute of Technology: B1-10

Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm

Tuesday September 12th: Saving Southland’s Special Species:

Kakapo and Takahe Conservation

Dr Andrew Digby – Science Advisor Kakapo/Takahe, DoC

Yellow Eyed Penguin habitat planting at Curio Bay

11 - 15 September 2017


We are extending the Penguin habitat at Curio Bay. South Catlins Charitable Trust has purchased plants with assistance from Southland District Council and Fonterra’s Grass Roots fund.

If you are able to spare an hour or three on any day to help plant these natives your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

We will be planting on Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th starting at 10am each day until 2pm approx.

Please bring a spade and hi viz vest (if you have them) Tea and coffee supplied but please supply your own food.

For further information please contact Julie Keast on 027 220 6404 or 246 8410.