Past Events

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.

Te Rere Penguin Reserve Planting Day

22 August 2020

Southland Forest and Bird’s annual planting day at Te Rere Penguin Reserve will be Saturday 22 August 2020. Please book with Brian Rance - Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

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.

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 :
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.