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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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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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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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Settlers Reserve, Lower Heathcote River, Trip #30

Recently (27 March 2017) we visited Settlers Reserve, which is a saltwater wetland in the lower reaches of the Heathcote River. The reserve is at the lower end of the Heathcote river, but the main influence on the wetland is saltwater, which … 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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Southshore Beach, Trip #27

Our last trip of 2016 was to Southshore Beach, at the southern end of Marine Parade. Below is some of what we saw. Animals Beetles (Coleoptera) Chafer beetle This small (beautiful!) beetle was settled on a stem of marram grass. Sand … Continue reading

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