Upcoming Trip: Waimairi Beach

Where: Waimairi Beach, off Aston Drive (see maps below) When: Monday 3 April 2017, 10 am until about 12 We plan to look at the dunes and foreshore. Our meeting location, on Aston Drive, is marked with a red pin on the maps below: Suggestions on what to bring: * Sensible clothing (sturdy footwear, hats etc.) *... Continue Reading →


Avon River & Red Zone, Trip #32

Critter Club visited part of the red zone, where houses have been demolished following earthquakes. We focused on an area at the edge of the Avon river, at the eastern end of North Avon Road. The site had a mixture of habitats: aquatic (in the water) riparian (along the river edge) roadside & 'waste' places... Continue Reading →

McLeans Grassland, Trip #31

Recently Critter Club had a trip (6 Mar 2017) to McLeans Grassland, off Conservators Road. We visited the same area last November, but this time we explored a bit further. The site is is part of the outwash plain of the Waimakariri River (about 4 km to the North), so it is very stony. Plains tree daisy We looked at one of... Continue Reading →

Settlers Reserve, Lower Heathcote River, Trip #30

Recently (27 March 2017) we visited Settlers Reserve, which is a saltwater wetland in the lower reaches of the Heathcote River. The reserve is at the lower end of the Heathcote river, but the main influence on the wetland is saltwater, which enters via the Avon-Heathcote Estuary. The mudflats are tidal. The species here are noticeably different from... Continue Reading →

Otukaikino Wetland, Trip #29

Otukaikino Wetland is a 13 ha remnant of wetland, to the north of Christchurch. It is being actively restored and managed by the Department of Conservation. The boardwalk through the middle of the wetland had been repaired since our previous trip. That gave us the opportunity to investigate a greater range of habitat, and to... Continue Reading →

Trip to Ferry Reserve 27-2-17

S here for a little post about the trip to the Ferry Reserve mudflats.  We saw plenty of bird life, including a pair of pied shags, a pair of royal spoonbills, a harrier, some unidentified terns, and many black backed gulls.

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