Birding Trip to Ashley/Rakahuri Estuary and River with Steve Attwood


The Ashley River and Estuary is a wetland that meets the criteria for a wetland of international significance and there is always a very large variety of birds to be seen including some of our rare and critically endangered braided river birds such as the wrybill, black-billed gull and black-fronted tern. The Estuary has had 115 different bird species recorded as seen there and Steve says his personal record is more than 60 species in one day!

A half day is plenty of time for the Ashley estuary so assemble at the Northwood Supa Centre carpark beside Styx and Stone Bar and Esquires Coffee Shop if wanting to car pool in time to leave by 8:30am, to be on the Ashley by about 9am and leave about 12:30am to be back by 1pm. Note: the previously advertised full day option is no longer available.

Wear clothing you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Good stout footwear (slip-on gumboots NOT recommended but lace-up gumboots OK). A walking pole is an advantage, especially for the mud and if we do river crossings. Bring a change of clothes as folk will be wet/muddy at least from the knees down and the keen might get wetter or muddier than that! A good size towel or old sheet might be a good idea for folks travelling in other people’s cars to protect seats/carpet. Usual wind and weather-proof clothing, hats, sunburn cream etc. Water and snacks. Scopes and binocs very useful. Cameras a good idea as chances are good to get close to some birds.

To register for the trip, please email or text/phone 027 4191080, phone 03 349 3038.