Thomson Park Scenic Reserve, Trip #65

In March (2018) we explored some grassland, rocky outcrops and bush, in the vicinity of Mitchells track, on the Port Hills. One of the most intriguing things we saw was an anemone stinkhorn fungus. Some people out walking told us about it, and sure enough, we found it just beside the track, under the forest... Continue Reading →


Kura Tāwhiti, Trip #64

Kura Tāwhiti Conservation Area is in the Southern Alps of New Zealand - located between the Craigieburn range to the west, and the Torlesse range to the east. The site is part of the Waimakariri River basin, that millions of years ago was at the bottom of a shallow sea. Marine organisms with calcium carbonate... Continue Reading →

Scarborough Hill Reserve, Trip #63

Earlier this month we had an explore of some grassland and a rocky outcrop at the Godley Head end of the Port Hills, near Evans Pass. Beetles We saw several different ground beetles at the site. One was the large, iridescent green 'Alexander beetle'. The other was a smaller, partly iridescent and patterned 'wide-banded tiger... Continue Reading →

Governors Bay mudflats, Trip #62

Allandale Reserve is a small reserve adjacent to the mudflats of Governors Bay, at the head of Whakaraupo / Lyttelton Harbour. On our visit we had a look at the mudflats, and we also walked northwards a small distance along the walkway that runs along the waters edge. Below is some of what we saw.... Continue Reading →

Discovery Centre, Trip #61

The forecast was for heavy rain and wind, so we headed to our local museum. They have a Discovery Centre, which is something of a wonderland of natural history items. There is so much there that it can be difficult to know where to start, so we made a list of things to find.   We... Continue Reading →

North New Brighton, Trip #60

On our most recent trip to the beach we saw several creatures we hadn’t seen before. We focused on the intertidal zone - the part that is covered and uncovered with seawater several times each day. The water temperature was 14oC. Kouraura / Ghost Shrimp This chap was buried in the sand. The NZ marine life... Continue Reading →

Upcoming Trip: Allandale Reserve

Where: Allandale Reserve, Governors Bay Teddington Rd (see maps below) When: Monday 5 March 2018, 10 am until about 12 This is a muddy, saltwater wetland, so gumboots are recommended. Our meeting location is marked with a red pin on the maps below: What to bring: * Sensible clothing (sturdy footwear, hats etc.) * Any... Continue Reading →

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