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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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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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McLeans Grassland, Trip #26

In November last year (2016) we had a trip to McLeans grasslands – West of the Christchurch airport, on Conservators Rd. The grasslands are a remnant of the dry plains grassland that used to cover much of the Canterbury Plains. They have mostly low-growing … Continue reading

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Styx River, Trip #24

We had a trip to Styx Mill Reserve, mainly to look at the river. Below is some of what we saw. There is a project on NatureWatch to record the biodiversity at the reserve here. Our thanks to the folk at NatureWatch … Continue reading

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Micro-world, Trip #22

We hired a set of 10 stereo microscopes from Science Alive!, to look more closely at what we found last week in the Avon River. The microscopes magnify 20x. One of our group also has a microscope that can magnify 40x, and this was … Continue reading

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