Hi all. Welcome to the New Year! Critter Club meets every Monday morning, from 10-12, to explore local nature; animals, plants, fungi, geology etc. Habitats we visit include wetlands, waterways, native and exotic forest, grasslands, rocky coasts and sandy shores. Field trips are mostly to nearby locations, within a half hour of the central city; occasional... Continue Reading →


Waimakariri River, Trip #56

We had another enjoyable trip to the Waimakariri River, and finally managed to be there on a warm sunny day (27 Nov 2017). We spent less time looking for aquatic species, and more on the terrestrial creatures that are active on sunny days. Beetles One of the showiest critters we saw on this occasion were... Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Taylor’s Mistake, Rock Pools

Where: Taylor's Mistake Beach (see maps below) When: Monday 4 December 2017, 10 am until about 12 We are planning to look at the rock pools - we found plenty of interest last time, and the time before. Our meeting location is marked with a purple pin on the maps below: Suggestions on what to bring: Sensible clothing (sturdy footwear,... Continue Reading →

Jollies Bush, Trip #55

Jollies Bush is a small (1.1 ha) remnant of native forest on the Port Hills. There was an impressive variety of ferns under the trees, and also a native orchid. Below is some of what we saw. Plants Greenhood orchid New Zealand has more than 160 native orchids - you can see most of them... Continue Reading →

Waimakariri River, Trip #54

Mid-November we re-visited a site on the Waimakariri River, that we had enjoyed in winter - to see if it would be very different in late spring. Our starting point was the end of Weedons Ross Rd. A highlight was seeing several of the endangered bird species that make their home on braided rivers. SP has posted... Continue Reading →

Bowenvale Park Pond, Trip #53

In October (2017) we made the most of a warm sunny day to visit a small pond on the Port Hills. We had nets for catching creatures in the water, and also for those flying about. The highlights of this trip were dragonflies, damselflies and tadpoles. Dragonflies & damselflies Dragonflies and damselflies are closely related,... Continue Reading →

Upcoming Trip: Jollies Bush

Where: Jollies Bush Scenic Reserve, Port Hills (see maps further down) When: Monday 20 November 2017, 10 am until about 12 This is remnant of forest on the Port Hills, accessible from the Summit Road. I don't think you can get there via Dyers Pass Rd - use Evans Pass. Meeting location is shown with... Continue Reading →

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