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2018 SERN Spring Field Trip

3 November 2018

As usual, the SERN Spring Field trip will be a bus tour of several restoration sites this time in central and northern Southland. There will be a commentary along the way about the province’s biodiversity, highlighting the protection that is being undertaken on private land. Join us to learn more about our wonderful natural heritage.

Programme:

9.00am: The bus will leave Feldwick Gates, Queens Park

10.15am – noon: Rural Women’s Castledown Wetland - This wetland at the foot of Rural Women Southland’s pine plantation, has been recognised as an important remnant flaxland. With assistance from the Dipton Landcare Group, the Rural Women began this restoration project in 2015. Come along and hear more about it, as well as giving a helping hand with planting/planting maintenance.

12.30pm: Mossburn – lunch stop

2.00pm: Five Rivers Café – Mid Dome Wilding Pines - Millions of dollars are being spent on the problem of wilding pines. Hear about progress on our local site and what the long term vision is.

5.00pm: Return Feldwick Gates, Queens Park

Along the way we will hear about protection of our natural heritage by landowners through the QEII National Trust. There are many areas of native bush, tussock grasslands and wetlands being protected in perpetuity, under Open Space Covenants, retaining biodiversity and landscape values in Southland.

To book a place on the bus for this tour please email SERN member, Sheryll Ashton, at Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or phone 027 310 3606

Bring your own lunch and refreshments, and be prepared for wet conditions under foot.

Thanks to Environment Southland for sponsoring the bus cost.

Past Events

Working bee at Dipton Wetland in preparation for SERN trip

14 October 2018

Hi Wetlanders,

Another field day is planned for the 14th October and we are going to focus on clearing an area for planting to commemorate Suffrage year with planting to happen when the SERN Southland Environment Restoration Network bus trip comes on the 3rd November. RWNZ has previously planted for this Suffrage cause 25 years ago so its lovely to look at that planting and see the lasting benefit of that.

Hope you can join us . Please check the Facebook if it looks as though there is flooding and Sandra will put up a notice.

See you then

Ann

OLG's Annual Bushy Point Big Planting Day

8 September 2018

Come along for the family friendly BIG PLANTING DAY at Bushy Point, Otatara on Saturday 8 Sepember 2018 from 10am-noon with a BBQ to follow. Access to the planting area is from Bryson Road.

If you can’t make it along on the 8th, there is the monthly Bushy Point work days to help out with. Next one is on Sunday 26 August from 1-3 pm.

Contact Barry Smith 2131500 or email Enable JavaScript to view protected content. for more details.

Castledowns Dipton Wetland Working Bee August

19 August 2018

We have got a day sorted for you to head off into the unknown. Please all come and join us for more weeding, exploration and food.

Date 19th August 1 pm . Bring tools, gumboots, overalls and afternoon tea.

Bring your friends .

Watch for us and like us on Facebook

Ann Irving <Enable JavaScript to view protected content.>

Garden Bird Survey 2018

30 June - 8 July 2018

Pull out the note book, dust off the binoculars and make a flask of tea, it’s Garden Bird Survey time again.

The annual New Zealand Garden Bird Survey is about to get underway and we need your help. No matter how big or small your garden is, if you have lots of birds or no birds we want to hear from you. The more surveys that are compelted the more accurate the results will be so it is important for everyone to participate.

The annual survey is a great opportunity to get a snapshot picture of bird life in the region, which also helps feed into the bigger picture of biodiversity within Southland. The results from the last ten years are now available (here) and show a decline in some of our favorite native species including bellbirds.

It only takes one hour at any time during the week from 30 June until 8 July. There’s an easy form to capture the information and a bird identification poster online at www.landcareresearch.co.nz.

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.