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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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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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Brooklands Lagoon, Trip #15

Brooklands Lagoon is northeast of Christchurch and has tidal mudflats surrounded by salt marsh. Beyond the salt marsh there are sand dunes. We visited the mid-west edge, via Earlham Road. Animals Many birds use the area. On this trip we noticed pied … Continue reading

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Otukaikino Wetland, Trip #14

We had an enjoyable trip to Otukaikino Wetland last week. The boardwalk through the middle was flooded, but there is still good access to much of the site. Animals We saw some aquatic insects, including water boatmen and ripple bugs (similar … Continue reading

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Avon-Heathcote Estuary (Trip #4)

We visited the Avon-Heathcote Estuary, near the mouth of the Avon River, at low tide. We explored the area adjacent to South New Brighton Park, at the West end of Ebbtide St. Here is some of what we found. Anemones There were … Continue reading

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