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Beach near Spencer Park

Does anyone know what this shell is?????? We don’t.

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Beach near Spencer Park

┬áThis is a shell that we saw at the beach yesterday.    

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Horseshoe Lake Reserve, Trip #44

Horseshoe Lake is a former meander of the Avon River, which eventually became cut off. Following the earthquakes, it has become generally wetter. We visited this site in July (2017). Below is some of what we saw. Animals We used … Continue reading

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Thomson Park Scenic Reserve, Trip #43

Thomson Park Scenic Reserve is south of Sugarloaf Scenic Reserve, on the Port Hills. In June (2017) we had a look at an area in the northeast of the reserve, around Gilpins and Mitchells tracks. We explored some grassland, rock … Continue reading

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The Groynes, Trip #42

The natural parts of the Groynes include waterways and associated wetlands. The waterways include the Otukaikino Stream, and they all ultimately feed into the Waimakariri River, a short distance to the north. There are also areas of restored native bush. … Continue reading

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Scott Scenic Reserve, Trip #41

In June we visited Scott Scenic Reserve, on the Port Hills. We mainly looked at a rock outcrop in the grassland, then went along a track through exotic forest. The rock outcrop turned out to be prime slater and lady … Continue reading

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Avon-Heathcote Estuary & Southshore Spit, Trip #40

The South Brighton Spit separates the Avon-Heathcote Estuary from the Pacific Ocean. The end of the spit (the part with no houses) is quite a recent geological feature – outline maps show how the end has changed since the 1940’s, … Continue reading

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