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 →


Taylor’s Mistake Rock Pools, Trip #57

Every time we visit the rock pools at Taylor's Mistake we find species that we haven't seen before. Here is some of what we saw on this occasion - in approximate order of size, from smallest to largest: Isopods Sea slater These sea slaters are less than 1 cm long. This one appeared to be feeding... 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 →

Taylors Mistake 4-12-17

There were so many awesome critters in the water today, but I managed to find some winged beasts to photograph. Especially fun to watch was a pair of welcome swallows and their babies in the nest. After some scolding, the mum returned to the nest while dad kept an eye on me.

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 →

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