Upcoming Events

Improve your Predator Control

17 May 2021

Do you want some tips and tricks on how to increase the effectiveness of predator control for your project or community group? We invite you to join us for a presentation and Q&A session with Cam Speedy, a wildlife biologist with over 40 years experience in predator control and ecosystem management.

‘Attention-to-detail’ is Cam’s number one tip for predator control. Cam will share some of his experiences to help make your predator control more effective. Having kit sitting out there that pests encounter but don’t interact with is an increasing issue we can’t afford if we want to achieve a predator free NZ by 2050.

This is a free event co-hosted by the Predator Free NZ Trust and Environment Southland.

When: 5:30pm till 7pm, Monday 17th May.

Venue: Environment Southland’s Council Chambers, Corner of North Road and Price Street, Invercargill.

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Past Events

SERN Autumn Field Day

8 May 2021

The SERN Autumn Field Day will visit Kew Bush and Oreti Totara Dune Forest. Starting at Kew Bush at 11.00am with the unveiling of a new information sign at the north edge of this kahikatea forest remnant behind the Kew Hospital. Following speeches, there will be a walk through Kew Bush with commentary on the way of the work that has been undertaken here over two decades, returning this remnant to much better health. Then at noon we will move to the Southland Community Nursery, Grant Rd, Otatara, for lunch (BYO, but some refreshments will be provided by QEII National Trust). At 1.00pm we will move on to the Oreti Totara Dune Forest on Oreti Rd, Otatara, where an overview of this restoration project will be given, along with guided walks. To register for this event, please email Gay Munro, SERN - Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or Jesse Bythell, QEII National Trust - Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Bushy Point Weeding Afternoon

21 February 2021

Sunday 21 February 2021 – Big Weeding Afternoon at Bushy Point, Otatara.

Bushy Point is a restoration project undertaken by the Otatara Landcare Group (OLG). Plantings are undertaken each spring, with ongoing maintenance a big job. Any help with this task is much appreciated.

Details of time and place to be confirmed, but will be posted here and on the OLG website

Bowmans Bush, Otatara - annual chilean flame creeper control

25 January 2021

Controlling the pest plant Chilean Flame Creeper has been undertaken by physical removal in Bowmans Bush for about 15 years now. Although this hasn’t eliminated the pest species, it has allowed the natural regeneration to continue, ensuring a much healthier forest remnant. Meet at Spence Ave entrance at 7.00pm. Bring your own gloves and wear footwear that is good for off track. Leader, Jesse Bythell, Southland QEII representative. Contact Enable JavaScript to view protected content. for more information. See under SERN Invercargill project directory for more information about Bowmans Bush.

2020 SERN Spring Field Day

7 November 2020

SERN Spring Field Day – Saturday 7th November – Exploring Eastern Southland

9.00am – bus will leave Southland Museum, Queens Park.

9.35am – bus stop (but not get off) at the DOC restoration planting trials on Hansen Rd

9.45am – WLG Gravel Pit stop – talks from DOC, iwi and Whakamana te Waituna Trust on restoration work going on in the Waituna catchment.

10.45am – drive on to lower Mataura

11.15am – O’Neills Bush stop – ES – outcomes for small forest remnants; biocontrol for pest plants, predator control and restoration plantings.

12.30pm – on to Fortrose Estuary for lunch stop (Fortrose Hall if weather not good).

1.15pm – drive on to Slope Point

1.35pm – Edith Jones property, Slope Point. Overview of property from Edith and others. Walk to dune lake.

3.40pm – start drive back to Invercargill.

5.00pm – return to Southland Museum.

The goal of SERN is to celebrate the good things going on out there in Southland and to let people know about them, along with a chance to learn and be encouraged by networking with others doing similar work. Thanks to Environment Southland for sponsoring the bus cost, meaning there is no charge to attend this day. Please remember to bring your own lunch and refreshments for the day. There will be some walking so heavy footwear/gumboots are recommended, depending on the weather.

To book a seat on the bus, please email Gay at Enable JavaScript to view protected content.