Programme

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 nikau48@gmail.com or phone 5450989 

AUGUST

Saturday 19 August   Pearl Creek Plant Releasing Working Bee

We will be releasing plants, weeding and collecting plant protectors for use in the Spring Planting in September.  We will be working in the Challies block on the West side of the creek and in the Northern areas.   Bring gardening gloves, wear stout footwear.   Meet at the end of Cotterell Rd, Appleby, turn off opposite the Moutere Highway turnoff.   9am to midday.   Contact Jo Kay robjokay@xtra.co.nz, 5449666, 0211169877.

 

Sunday 20 August   Weedbusters Eden's Bush, Delaware Bay

Eden’s Bush, Delaware Bay 10am to lunch a morning's tangle with vines! We return to this lovely location to restore the tawa and matai forest, chasing old man's beard and banana passionvine. We can arrange shared rides. Tools provided. Please bring lunch, water, stout footwear and warm clothes. If the weather looks bad, phone 5452431 on the day after 8am to check or find your way there email is: totara@ts.co.nz

 

Friday-Sunday 25-27 August   ECO Conference in Nelson

The Environment and Conservation Organisations conference is to be held in Nelson this year. They will be addressing water issues, climate change and our environmental responsibilities for the future, putting the politicians on the spot a month out from election day. Keynote speakers including Dame Anne Salmond, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Paul Young. Open to the public click here for further information.

SEPTEMBER

Friday-Sunday 1-3 September   Weekend Planting at Awaroa

Nelson/Tasman branch are assisting Project Janszoon with restoration planting at Hadfields Clearing near Awaroa in Abel Tasman National Park.  We stay for two nights at the historic Ngarata Homestead at Totaranui and travel to Awaroa each day for planting.  There will be time for a walk on Sunday afternoon as well. For more information and to register contact Helen Lindsay helen@janszoon.org

 

Saturday 9 September   Planting at Ronga Scenic Reserve

Planting in a small landlocked DOC reserve in Rai Valley filled with remarkable giant totara, matai and kahikatea.  It has the "best by far" collection of lowland ribbonwood. Excitingly this site has also become one of the most recent known roost areas of long-tailed bats - with bats recorded over the clear spring-fed pools and along the Opouri and Ronga Rivers that wrap around the reserve on 3 sides.  In conjunction with Marlborough Branch, Forest & Bird have embarked on a planting project to help restore the forest around these giant trees.  Each year we plant 1000 trees and, with the help of Pacific Discoveries, Outward Bound and DOC, maintain weed control.  Join Forest & Bird team, and enjoy a morning or day planting.  Bring lunch & drink, a spade, gardening gloves and warm clothing - BBQ provided for lunch. Meet outside the Brick Oven in Rai Valley by 9.45am or on site at 10am. Contact Julie 5450989 nikau48@gmail.com if wishing to share transport.

 

Wednesday 13 September   Evening Talk by Tony Aldridge about Beaks and Spirals

Nowadays practically everyone has access to digital photographs.  What seems unappreciated is the power of the humble camera to accurately measure nature.  I'll explain how to do this with some Coprosma leaves, then some beaks from birds (finches, and a kaka), a few giant squid, and then brachiopods (lamp shells).   Spirals can be a surprisingly close match to beak shapes.   However, it's what is NOT a spiral that allows me to extract periodicities or rhythms.   Now the hard part – linking these rhythms to animal growth and climate.   I'll show what we currently know (and don't know) about the life history of giant squid and brachiopods plus possible links with climate.

 

Saturday 30 September   Pearl Creek Planting

We will have 400 plants to go in the ground.   Planting frost tender plants and the cleared area in the North of Pearl Creek as well as assembling and placing plant protectors around trees.   Bring gardening gloves, planting spade if you have one, wear stout footwear.   Meet at the end of Cotterell Rd, Appleby, turn off opposite the Moutere Highway turnoff.   9 am to 1pm (But just stay as long as you want).   Contact Jo Kay robjokay@xtra.co.nz, 5449666, 0211169877

 

OCTOBER

Wednesday 11 October   Evening Talk by Andrew Yuill about Takaka Marble Aquifer

'Secrets of the Takaka Marble Aquifer'.   Andrew Yuill will discuss monitoring at Te Waikoropupu by Friends of Golden Bay, the Water Conservation Order and the unavoidable linkages between: intensity of farming; the amount of profit it generates; and the amount of impact it has on our environment.