Upcoming Events

Annual Chilean Flame Creeper Cull

22 January 2018

Where: Bowmans Bush, Ruru Avenue

Time: 7 pm

Event: Annual Chilean flame creeper evening

Contact: Randall Milne Ph: 021 784989

Join the annual flame creeper evening which helps keep Bowmans Bush from being smothered by this invasive climber.

Ice creams will be available for those who come along and earn a treat

Otatara Landcare Group

Landcare Field Day

10 March 2018

Environment Southland and Invercargill City Council Parks Division invite you to a Landcare Networking Field Day.

The day will be a great day out, hearing from all the landcare groups in the morning, as well as a guest speaker from the Coastal Restoration Trust. After a lunch we will have a field trip around Sandy Point and Oreti Beach, show casing the work that the ICC Parks Division has carried out.

When: 10am Saturday 10th March 2018


10 -12 Morning networking session at Environment Southland (Corner North road and Price Street

12 Lunch

12.45 - 4.30 Field Trip to Sandy Point, Otatara

For full details see the event flyer or Contact Nathan Cruickshank on 0800 76 88 45

Past Events

Castledowns Field day

3 December 2017

Castledowns Field day Sunday 3rd December 2017

Bring along your friends and relations to join us for a planting afternoon at the Wetland . We have 100 cabbage trees to plant. Bring overalls, leggings ,a spade and afternoon tea at 4 . Lots of fun getting out there and exploring this special area

Wetlands Work Day

12 November 2017

Southland Rural Women New Zealand and Dipton Landcare group, celebrated becoming Southland’s newest QEII covenant by holding a working bee.

Despite the rain 12 people turned up at Castledowns Wetland on Sunday 12 November to tackle some of the hawthorn, gorse, broom and willows that are beginning to encroach on this remnant wetland. Volunteers also installed three seats and remarked the tracks. The seats were donated by the local community.

The celebrations were topped off in fine style with wine, fruit, apple and blackberry and coconut cakes.

The Castledowns Wetland can be access from 900 Dipton-Mossburn Road. Follow the orange markers across the paddock and don’t forget your gum boots.

Mid Dome Wilding Pine Day 2017

11 November 2017

On Saturday 11 November 2017, twenty-four enthusiastic and energetic volunteers attended a wilding trees work day on a ridge above East Dome Station, in Northern Southland. The day was run by Environment Southland on behalf of the Mid Dome Wilding Tree Charitable Trust (MDWTCT). Participants included members of the public, SIT students, Environment Southland employees and Mid Dome trustees.

The aim was to destroy as many wilding contorta pines as possible, to prevent the further spread of these highly invasive trees into open tussock country. Control of wilding trees was achieved by hand pulling saplings and using a variety of hand tools on larger trees. It was estimated that on average each volunteer controlled 200 trees, which equates to almost 5000 trees in total!

The weather gods answered our prayers too, with constant sunshine and no rain throughout the day. Everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves and by all accounts it proved to be a highly successful outing.

Click here for the event flyer

SERN Spring Field Trip 2017 - Eastern Southland

4 November 2017

Despite the weather being cold and at times windy and wet, 30 hardy people set about exploring restoration sites in eastern Southland. The first stop was at Ruth and Monne Bruinsma’s farm at Kapuka. Ruth’s enthusiasm for the native riparian plantings and improving the natural habitat on their dairy farm was obvious. The work they started has been assisted through the DOC/Fonterra Living Waters programme. Cain Duncan, Fonterra, explained how they had funded further riparian plantings so that there would be connectivity between the remnants of forest on the Bruinsma property, along with the benefits to water quality. Ruth said they were also keen to improve fish access and habitat with regards to an old duckshooting pond close to the stream, which was recently surveyed for fish life, but showed no kokopu, koura or eels present. The next stop was at O’Neills Bush, on an Environment Southland lease block near the Titiroa River. Recollections were made of the early days when plantings were undertaken around the open north and east side there by the three local schools. Richard Bowman, ES Biosecurity Manager talked about the council’s recognition of the wetland and estuary edge values also found on these lower Mataura lease blocks and the intention to protect them further. The establishment of a Possum Control Area across the lease lands had seen over 2,000 possums removed this year and they were looking at mustelid, cat and rat control as well. During lunch at the Waimahaka Hall, we heard from Jesse Bythell, QEII National Trust representative for Southland. Also from Sheryll Ashton, Invercargill City Council, about the environmental focus that was going on in the city with Thomsons Bush, Anderson Park and the estuary, as well as significant plans for the ongoing restoration of Sandy Point. At Beggs Bush, Braid Rd, Fortification, we were met by the Beggs Bush Landcare Group members, a very dedicated team. This DOC forest reserve was donated to the people of New Zealand by Marie-Ellen Beggs father in the 1970’s and after years overseas, Marie-Ellen returned to check it out and decided there was work to do. An area at the entrance that had been planted out in pines, harvested about 6 years ago, with gorse taking their place, has been revegetated very successfully, thanks to the hard work of the group and others they have had give a helping hand, including Menzies College and the Toe Toe Lions Club. They are developing a rough track up in to the bush and are happy for people to explore their area there. The final stop was to the south end of the Wyndham Wildlife Refuge, where native plantings were started 25 years ago by local resident, Alan Leitch. A mown track through the plantings of ribbonwood, pittosporum, kowhai, coprosma, broadleaf, along with bulk plantings of flax, gave us a very pleasant end to the day as the weather cleared, and we wallked through basking in the warmth of the sunshine. Unfortunately lack of time prevented us from viewing the north end but we look forward to that next time. Thanks to all those who made the day possible, with special thanks to Environment Southland for sponsoring the bus.

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