Report 5, 31 July 2016
NEXT WORKING BEE
Meet at the Avery Place entrance at 2pm on Saturday 27th August 2016
---We will have seedlings to plant and some weeds to clear and mulch under native trees ( after a health and safety briefing and basic plant identification from a Council Officer).
---Some Council equipment and gloves will be available but you may prefer to bring your own gloves, spades, secateurs, loppers and pruning saws
---Wear sturdy shoes or boots, warm clothes, sunhat and safety glasses
---If weather is bad, the alternative date will be Sat 3rd September
---Cake and hot tea will be provided! Bring your water bottle and a cup for tea.
With three of us on two days during the month and ten at our monthly working bee on Saturday 30th we have cleared and mulched more fennel, broom and saltbush and planted 140 ngaio, akeake, kanuka, totara and lemonwood seedlings in the Avery Place area. We have included a large kanuka patch which may provide habitat for treeweta later. Well done all.
LOCUSTS IN RESERVE
You may have seen some fly out of the grasses on the warm north-facing slopes. These are the migratory locusts/kapakapa, native but also found in many other countries. We usually only see them in summer, but this year they are still around because of a mild winter. They are very elusive, but Daniel found this one (60mm long incl. wings) deep in the grass while planting last Saturday. It was returned to the Reserve after being photographed!
Welcome to Bridie Gibbings, our new Council Officer who is already looking into stormwater erosion control, entrance signs for the Reserve and some private encroachments.
I have taken Trees For Canterbury reps through the Reserve and will be hoping to obtain a regular supply of plants for an ongoing planting programme.
---Colin Meurk is continuing to assist in plant specifications for the different ecosystems in the Reserve.
---Planting will continue over the next month or so as we clear weeds to make space.
We hope to get onto bird counts and stream monitoring soon.
Recent media releases indicate a boost in funding for pest control and we are working with the Sumner group to secure traps to initiate control in the Reserve.
Regional Council officers have pulled out some nassella tussock plants in the Reserve, so please keep a look out for any others.
We will be contacting the local Redcliffs and Mt Pleasant schools about possible involvement of pupils in the Reserve for environmental studies.
FUTURE WORK DAYS
Please diary these Saturdays 2-4pm : Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 26, Dec 17. If you want to volunteer any time or resources to this long-term community project, contact Dave Bryce 021363498 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.