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2019 SERN Spring field trip

2 November 2019

This year’s annual field trip will focus on threatened plant species, while celebrating 4 restoration sites in Central Southland. Leaving Feldwick Gates at 9.00am, we wil travel to Dunsdale to view work by Rayonier Forests and the Department of Conservation. Lunch will be at the Dunsdale Picnic area, after which we will travel to Sherwood Forest at Tussock Creek. This QEII National Trust covenant area, originally protected by Pat and Derek Turnbull and now owned by Nan and Rod Sinclair, is home to 9 naturally occurring threatened plant species. As well as this several other species have been planted here at the time of a major restoration project in the early 2000’s, and we will be checking these out. Our last stop will be to hear about the restoration work being undertaken by AB Lime at Kings Bend. This involves an area of forest, as well as the enhancement of several wetland areas. We will return to Feldwick Gates by about 5.00pm. The bus trip is free of charge, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Environment Southland. Please bring your own lunch and refreshments and be prepared for wet going underfoot (gumboots preferable). To register for a seat on the bus, email Gay Munro at Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or phone 239 5827.

Past Events

OLG's Bushy Point Annual Planting Day

14 September 2019

Celebrating 20 years of the Otatara Landcare Group, 15,000 hours at Bushy Point and 30,000 native plants planted. This is our annual planting day, held in Conservation Week.

WHERE: Bushy Point, access and off-road parking from 5 Bryson Rd, Otatara
TIME: Gather at 9:30 am for the Kick-Off Competition*
BRING: Family, friends, sturdy footwear, clothing for the conditions,
gloves, spade and water
*Kick-Off Competition - Decorate a commemorative stone (the bigger the better) to mark our triple celebration. Bring it along at the start of our planting day and enter it in the competition. Find the details at : www.otataralandcare.org.nz
JOIN US AFTERWARDS… We’ll have a place to wash your hands and a port-a-loo for your comfort. We’ll crank up the BBQ for a snag (or two or three). There’ll be games and competitions, spot prizes and giveaways, a mystery mascot and the cutting of the cake.

For further information, contact Barry Smith, 03 213-1500 or Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Native Plant Restoration Workshop

5 April 2019

Free full day workshop on Southland Native Plant Restoration - including speakers on Urban Restoration (Bruce Clarkson Waikato University), Key factors for successful restoration (Brian Rance DOC Southland), New techniques - direct seed drilling (Tim Whitaker DOC Otago), Wetland Forest Restoration (James Griffiths DOC Science) and the Billion Trees initiative. The speakers will be followed by lunch (provided), workshops and a restoration field trip in the afternoon. Bookings essential to Enable JavaScript to view protected content.. The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in native plant restoration, Southland Native Plant Restoration Workshop Poster.

Date and Time 5th April, 8.45am-4.30pm
Venue Invercargill Workingmen’s Club & Southland Community Nursery and Bushy Point Restoration Project

The workshop is the initiative of Waikato University People, Cities & Nature project running throughout New Zealand, supported by local Southland agencies.

Forest & Bird Gobles Gully Working Bee

9 March 2019

Forest & Bird’s March field trip will involve weeding at Gobles Gully 10am to noon with Malcolm McKenzie and Trip Leader Brian Rance – 03- 213 1161 or email Enable JavaScript to view protected content.. Bring gloves and loppers. Meet at end of Violet Street Riverton at 10am or contact Brian if you want to car share and leave from Invercargill. Check out Gobles Gully, a restoration project now in it’s 10th year, under SERN Project Directory, Western Southland.

At noon we will meet Bronwyn and Kiwi Conservation Club members at Riverton Rocks for a picnic lunch (byo) followed by a walk on Riverton Back Beach, so if you have young ones bring them along for a fossick in the rock pools.

Walk to Castlerock cliffs and Castledowns Wetland

17 February 2019

Hi Wetlanders,

I hope you have all managed to get holidays in the sun somewhere. It seems that the new year work has nearly begun and work will need to be started on the Wetland again.

We have Chris Freer a possum contractor in the Wetland at the moment working on getting rid of possums and other pests but the poison will be removed by the field day but there will still be feeding stations.

Meet at the Cliffs at 10am or the Wetland at 1.30 pm

I have arranged a walk with the Southland Tramping Club members to explore the Castlerock limestone cliffs with a meeting time of 10 am at the roadside, and Brian Russell the land owner will assist us to park off the road and will show us around the limestone formations for approximately 2 hours and then we will go to the wetland and do some more work on the tracks . Everybody is welcome to do this walk but please let me know if you are coming.

Phone number 032176428

I have not been up to the cliff top so this will be a chance for people to explore this area.

Bring a coat, hats, water and afternoon tea. Gloves, boots and overalls are good for the wetland.

If you have any questions please get back to me

Ann Irving

Fiordland Trails Trust - Weeding Day

10 November 2018

The Fiordland Trails Trust is holding another Volunteer weeding day alongside the Fiordland Trail in Te Anau Saturday 10th November from 9am til 12. Meet at Marakura Yacht Club. Volunteers should wear protective clothing and could bring a favourite hand tool although gloves, saws and secateurs will be supplied, as well as Vigilant gel. No previous experience required. For more information contact Sue Marwick, 021 152 3663.