TALKS:  Please note: Unless otherwise stated talks are held on the second Wednesday of each month except for December and January.   The venue is Tahunanui School Hall, Muritai Street, Tahunanui. All talks start at 7:30pm.  Contributions for the sales table are most welcome. Gold coin donation please towards hall hire and supper. Car pool to minimise global footprint.

WALKS:  Please wear appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear and gear to cope with weather changes, take sun block, lunch, drinks and snacks.  Contact the Trip Leader for more information.  

For queries on any part of the programme contact or phone 5450989 



Saturday 8th 

10am - 3pm Nelson Nature Volunteer Weeders & Planters Workshop - Fairfield House

For community groups and individuals interested in volunteering for weed-busting and planting projects. RSVP

Wednesday 12th 7.30pm Tahunanui School

Trevor James - What to do about our rivers.     After 16 years of monitoring the state of Tasman’s rivers and streams, the issues are relatively clear. In general, not much different to the rest of NZ. Many of our smaller streams in intensive pastoral or urban landscapes are in poor shape, especially where there isn’t dilution of clean water from indigenous catchments upstream. There is a lot going on to improve the health of our rivers. However, in terms of riparian planting (one of the major ways the community can get involved) it is estimated to take many hundreds of years to complete this task at the current rate. How can we speed up the rate and scale of stream restoration? Some of the key resources we need are: more plants (nurseries), more people to work with landowners, people to coordinate funding applications and more funding. This presentation will summarise TDC’s recent 5-yearly report and show a video about the issues and what we need to do about it. Then we’ll discuss how we can achieve more stream restoration.



Friday 28th - Sunday 30th


South Island Gathering


The theme of this year's South Island Gathering in Geraldine is 'Safeguarding Canterbury's Biodiversity'. Hosted by the South Canterbury Branch, we will look at the loss of biodiversity in Canterbury, which has accelerated in the last two decades  and how it can be turned around. There will be a field trip to a Protected dryland ecosystem, a bat walk  and fabulous food. All members and committee members are invited to join in a range of inspiring and informative presentations and discussions. To share transport contact Julie   or 5450989  Find out more and register here.



Wednesday 9th 7.30 Tahunanui School

Rachel Ryan designs and leads small group walking tours in the more remote regions of the West of Ireland covering areas like the hills of atmospheric Connemara, with its vast network of lakes, rivers and wetlands (bogs) and The Burren, in County Clare, where limestone landscapes host late spring gentians.

Saturday 19th

Ronga Reserve, Rai Valley@ 10am- mid afternoon

This weedbust is our first outing to this magnificent podocarp tree land, where F&B have been under planting trees for four years. The weedbust is to support the restoration of the reserve where longtailed bats have been recorded last summer. Target: Chinese privet and old man's beard. Meet on the road beside the reserve at 10am if you already know where to go, otherwise 9.45am outside the Brick Oven Cafe in Rai township. To ensure we have adequate tools, and to share rides please let us know if you are coming, email Michael at  Bring your lunch & drinks. Tools and gloves provided. If the weather is poor, phone Michael and Debs on 5452431 on the morning of the weedbust for a recorded message of possible postponement to the next day Sunday 20th.


Friday 25th - Sunday 27th


Farewell Spit


We leave the carpark at Puponga at II am Fri 25 Nov.  Return pickup from Lighthouse about 3 pm Sun 27 Nov.  We will be pulling little wilding pines out of the sand, gathering rubbish from the beach and other odd jobs and watching the gannets.  Limited numbers so book early Julie or 5450989 Nelson Tasman F&B proudly holds the record for the number of wilding pines pulled.



Wednesday 8th 7.30pm Tahunanui School

Andrew Hamilton.  The Coral Reefs of the Marovo Lagoon.

Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands is the world’s finest double-barrier-enclosed lagoon, bordered by the large New Georgia and Vangunu Islands on one side and a double line of long barrier islands on the other. It contains hundreds of beautiful small islands, most of which are covered by coconut palms and rainforest and surrounded by coral. The talk will focus on an exploration of the diverse marine inhabitants of the reef using both still images and underwater video.