Upskill on your Predator Control

Predator Free NZ and Environment Southland are hosting an evening with Cam Speedy, a wildlife biologist with over 40 years experience in predator control on 17th May. The control of predators, often in urban situations, is making a huge difference to our native species, our birds especially. Our local groups work at Bluff, Oban and Otatara, has resulted in species like kakariki, kaka, kereru, ruru, along with the engaging robin, being seen as you go for walks around these areas. If you’re interested in knowing more about predator control or improving your technique, then this is a must do event. Check it out under Events on our SERN website and register now!

Pomona Island's Covid Challenges

The inability for the Pomona Island Trust volunteers to maintain their regular pest control duties through the Covid lockdown resulted in the explosion of rat numbers through the autumn.

Full credit to those involved in this project who with the lift of lockdown swang in to action and through many dedicated volunteer hours have reduced the rat numbers to almost achieve rat free status again. An amazing effort.

Read more about Pomona Island news in the latest newsletter.

Southland Community Nursery Workshops in June 2020

All workshops will be 10am – noon and the schedule will be as follows and bookings are required email Chris at : Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Friday 12 June 2020 – Native Plant Cuttings Workshop - Linda

Friday 19 June 2020 – Native Plant Cuttings Workshop - Linda

Friday 26 June 2020 – Vegetable Gardening in Southland – Bronwyn and Erica

Friday 3 July 2020 – Principles of Permaculture and Forest Gardens – Geoff

Friday 10 July 2020 – Setting up a Community Nursery - Chris

For more information about the Community Nursery -

Bushy Point Triple Celebration Day

On 14th September 2019 the Otatara Landcare Group (OLG) celebrated its 20th year and two other important milestones. At Bushy Point – the planting of 30,000 native plants and the reaching of 15,000 volunteer hours.

On the Triple Celebration Day we not only planted 1000 plants by lunchtime but had a ceremonial tree planting for Russell Evans who passed away recently – his wife May planted a special totara tree and our new kereru mascot was named “Russell” in his honour. This was followed by a BBQ, the cutting of the cake by our All Black Living Legend Kevin Laidlaw, and children’s activities.

If you haven’t been to Bushy Point it’s a great walk - the Bushy Point Project is accessible to the public at all times with walkways and interpretation signs – access from Bryson Road.

SIT students help restore Bluff Hill/Motupohue in Parks Week

SIT students have been involved in native plantings near the Gun Pit, as a part of the Bluff HIll Motupohue Environment Trust’s restoration project. One of a number of activities organised by ICC for Parks Week (see attached flyer), on Thursday 14th March from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, there’ll be a further planting undertaken by the SIT and the Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust . This event is open to all, so come along to the Gun Pit on Bluff Hill and help put a plant in the ground, learn about our natural environment from DOC staff in attendance and meet members of Bluff 2024.