July Report 2020

Will Reports: Conservation Week this year is from 15 – 23 August, however we just about have it every week! So no big deal for us and we have all our season planting done except for some still too small to plant out yet. Hope to have them planted later in the Spring. A welcome to Dawn Chalmers who is helping us with planting, weeding and such. These have been planted plus a number of long...
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August 2019

Alastair Mackintosh Reports: Hi Will. Nothing to report this last month. I was away overseas most of it though had traps set for the last 10 days. House sitters very impressed with the tuis & bellbirds feeding within a couple of meters of the kitchen window. Took dozens of photos. Tame ducks back, as are my small flock of quail. Cock pheasant in residence and the odd rabbit. Great to see....
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A Week at Picton

This was to be five days with our 50+ walking group, leaving home on a Monday morning for Havelock to meet up with the rest of the group. Just out of Havelock we turned off towards Picton on the Queen Charlotte Drive, stopping at Ngakuta Bay for morning tea. After that, most started to walk along the fairly new Link Walkway, heading towards Picton. Drivers of the cars then set off for Picton,...
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Nelsonian of the Year for the Environment

An Award for Conservation Work Well, I guess the news is that I’ve been awarded Nelsonian of the Year for the Environment for 2016. Lots of congratulations (thank you). The item was featured on the front page of the local Nelson Mail and also in the Christchurch’s The Press too. You can check out the ‘results’ on the Stuff webpage which has more photos and even has a little video clip. Sorry...
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Homeward Bound.

Bannockburn On the way back from the Nevis we called in to visit some of the old gold mining remains at Bannockburn. They sluiced for gold here and in a big way in the 1860’s. It looked like river gravels built up along with clay and gold filtered its way down, settling on bands of clay so the miners washed away the gravels and clay to extract the gold. One wonders where the gold came from? Was...
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A Trip “Down South”

Late November 2015, the campervan was loaded with the essentials, that was – water, food and wine, so all complete and I was off. Through Murchison, Lewis Pass, past the Hanmer Springs turnoff and on the the Rakaia Gorge. Over the bridge here and then turned left into a camping ground for the night. I was just getting settled in when Val and Geoff turned up in their camper so all was well....
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The Red Miners of Egremont Turn All Black

Torrent Bay Visit Early October we received an invite to help with protecting the beach at Torrent Bay in the Abel Tasman National Park. Due to a mix up Shirl wasn’t able to come so it was Rosie, Karla and me that drove to Kaiteriteri to board the water taxi. Once on the water we soon passed Split Apple Rock, an interesting feature, with its resting seabirds. Torrent Bay village was (or is) a...
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I don’t really think I’m that old

A Visit to Collingwood We stayed a couple of nights in the old police station that has been converted to a motel at Collingwood. Our room might have been the “reception” area in days of old. I do know that the sloping floor took a bit of getting used to though. We drove out to the Farewell Spit cafe for a bite to eat and then drove along the road to Wharariki Beach, passing Old Man Range on the...
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Mountain Hut Wardens for a Week (Nelson Lakes National Park)

The Walk In: After an instruction period of being told what to do, photographed and given ID cards, Karla & I were driven up to the Mt Robert carpark and let loose. The weather report was for bad weather to come in the afternoon and we were advised to go to Angelus Hut by the Speargrass route rather than up the Pinchgut. It was okay until we were left the last patch of bush and walked into...
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September Update

The Moon Eclipse on 8th  October 2014 I managed to get up half way through the night to watch this reddish eclipse and it was certainly worth the effort. It was a full eclipse too and they always seem to go slowly except when one is trying to take some photos! Too long an exposure and the moon becomes elongated. In the northern hemisphere it is known as a Hunter’s Moon and more generally a Blood...
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April/May 2014

An Estuary Bus Inspection Tour Early April we joined a bus tour. This was for interested people and to bring them up to date on what was happening, conservation wise, around the Waimea Inlet. It was an all day trip with regular stops and different speakers, either on the bus or we met them at different locations. There are a number of different groups and individuals working away either in...
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Kea, Lodestone


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Robin on Camera


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Black Fern


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