Mt Vernon Valley, Trip #52

In October (2017) we wandered up the track from the end of Hillsborough Rd, along Mt Vernon Valley. The area has native bush, mixed exotic & native grassland, and rocky bluffs. Below is some of what we saw: Animals Crane flies The larvae of at least some craneflies are aquatic, which may explain the cluster... Continue Reading →


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 a microscope (20-40 x magnification) to look at some of the water. There were lots... Continue Reading →

Sugarloaf Reserve, Trip #35

Sugarloaf Scenic Reserve includes one of the peaks on the Port Hills, and reaches a height of 496 m. There is a communications tower at the top. There were several fires on the Port Hills in February this year (2017), and 1645 hectares were burnt. There is a project on NatureWatch where people can add their observations... Continue Reading →

Mt Vernon Valley, Trip #33

Last week (March 2017) we explored some of Mt Vernon Valley, on the Port Hills. The valley has a mixture of shrubland, grassland, rock outcrops, some small caves, and an ephemeral stream down the bottom. This is some of what we saw:   Animals Giant willow aphid There was a giant willow aphid on a cabbage... Continue Reading →

Victoria Park, #9

Our trip last week was to some rock outcrops, with nearby grassland and shrubs, on the Port Hills. Animals Crickets & Grasshoppers (Order: Orthoptera) We saw quite a few crickets and at least one grasshopper, mainly in the long grass. Crickets and grasshoppers are classified in the same order, known as Orthoptera - which also includes... Continue Reading →

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