7 October 2023
Seeking brave souls to tackle mature Sycamore trees! Starting at 9.00am at Kew Bush Picnic Ground.
Plan is to drill these trees so it shouldn’t be too labor intensive - however they are on rough ground!
The trees are located on the west side of the bush, and there are approximately 2 dozen.
A battery pack drill with a sharp ~10mm bit will be useful kit, and overalls are recommended.
If you don’t have a drill but are still willing to help - we could really use you, it’s helpful to work in pairs - with a second person handling the herbicide - the more the merrier!
Sycamore are a real threat to the long term health of the bush - it’ll be great to knock them off.
Hope to see you there!
27 October 2023
When: 10 am - 1 pm, 27 October 2023
Where: Kowhai Reach - access is via Chris and Charleen Withy’s farm (134 Bemore-Kauana Road). Access will be via the tanker access which is located 1.2 km north of the house at: https://goo.gl/maps/q28qYM4ACjAZnZTb8. We will likely park near the dairy shed and then carpool to reduce the number of vehicles crossing the farm, please bring a 4x4 if you can as the paddock could still be a bit sticky this time of the year.
What: We have 600 trees to plant, so please tell all your friends, the more the merrier! You will need to bring your own spade, work gloves and wear practical clothing and sensible shoes for the weather and activity. Also bring personal gear you may need such as any medicine, water bottle, sunhat, snacks/packed lunch. Please do not bring dogs and if bringing any children they need to supervised at all times as we will be on a working farm with the usual hazards plus a planting along a steep-sided streambank.
Why: Kowhai Reach is a rare ecosystem protected for over 40 years by local farmers. Supplementary planting will give the forest a boost to ensure it has a long and healthy future. You can learn a bit more about the site here: https://www.sern.org.nz/project-directory/kowhai-reach-kauana/
PLEASE NOTE: there is a also a Southland Ecological Restoration Network (SERN) field trip to Kowhai Reach on 11 November which you are also welcome to attend. For more information about this other event follow this link and scroll down to “SERN Spring Field Trip - A Meander through Central Southland”: https://www.sern.org.nz/events/
11 November 2023
Time: 9am depart Feldwick Gates, Queens Park; return 5pm.
10.00am: Visit Cowie’s farm for a walk along riparian restoration plantings with threatened species among the riparian ecosystems. Commentary from QEII Southland Rep, Jesse Bythell.
Hear about limestone ecosystems, especially the Cowie Covenant with several rare species.
Discussion on protection and restoration of small forest remnants in the area by those in the know as the bus meanders.
12.00pm: Lunch at Otapiri Hall
View drone footage of meandering Kowhai Reach by Margie Ruddenklau.
Lunchtime speakers include: Southland District Council - Kowhai Reach - plans, visions; Makarewa & Oreti Catchment groups; Environment Southland Enviroschools Team
2.00pm: Kowhai Reach
General discussion at the entrance along with a very short loop walk through the restored area. A longer paddock walk for the fit folks to a second planting site. For those staying with the bus – Mark Sutton (QEII) leads discussion on the social history of the area.
Hear the views of Limehills School, Thriving Southland (Oreti Catchment Group) and others on future restoration plantings.
Please bring your own lunch and beverages. Toilet available at the hall.
Southland Ecological Restoration Network • A Network of Southland Community Conservation Projects (sern.org.nz)
Thank you to Environment Southland for generously funding the bus.
9 September 2023
The Otatara Landcare Group’s annual planting day continues to restore the Bushy Point DOC Reserve. Having successfully achieved the goal of joining the two previously isolated forest remnants over twenty years of restoration plantings, more natives in the ground year on year ensure the ongoing improvement and long term security of this important coastal forest ecosystem. Watch here for further details closer to the planting date.
2 September 2023
Celebrate spring, by spending time in the bush! Starting at 9.00am, gathering at the Kew Bush Picnic area. We are on a mission to clear a NEW area of weeds so that it can be planted this autumn. The main issues are Ivy and Aluminum Weed, Bonus: they’re not spikey.
Bring some treats to share at the end, along will some gloves and your choice of cutting tool. For more details on this project go to https://www.sern.org.nz/project-directory/kew-bush-invercargill/
26 August 2023
We are having a planting day on Sunday and will be there at 10am ready to put trees in the ground, weed existing trees and finish off the afternoon with cups of tea. If you would like to turn up later please feel free to arrive when it suits to 900 Dipton Mossburn Road.
We would love you to come and help us and see what has been happening in the area in the last few months. The only thing that will hold us back will be if it is very wet and we can’t cross the stream. Usually the weather in Dipton is better than in Invercargill.
For further details contact Ann Irving, phone 027 656 9319
Check this project out at www.sern.org.nz/project-directory/castle-downs-dipton-wetlands/
19 August 2023
17 June - 1 July 2023