April 2020

A poem written especially for Will’s Gully by Ken Taylor ~ Loving Nature Going up the gully For bush clean air Makes you feel jolly As you wander there To listen for bird-song Do not make haste As you stroll along Never fast your pace In Richmond’s bush surround Hear natures purest tone Clear cascading waters sound When dashing over stones Known Bush of Nature ALL so very pure For love of nature...
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March 2020

Will Reports: With the country in partial ‘lockdown’, we have to stay at home so nothing from us up the gully the last week of this March and maybe all of April too? However, I’m sure all the plants/trees are doing something, like growing. The rats, mustelids and possums will be clapping their front paws with glee at the success of the human virus though. Just ignore them. We’ll be back! Not...
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February 2020

Bruce Harvey has joined the group and will be setting out a trap line around the Grassy Saddle area soon. The ten rat traps and tunnels for this were given to us by TET. – Thanks Elaine.  Kevin and I continued with stumping vines and such; and magpies were heard in the area which is not good! Some time spent removing older damaged green sleeves and securing others.  It was good to see...
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January 2020

Will Reports: Thanks to Shirl for attending to 11 – 12 rat traps for three traplines and for over many years. Mike Oliver is now looking after these plus the DOC150’s, DOC200’s and the Possum Masters. Alison Nicoll looks after the remaining rat traps on a couple of traplines.  Some rat traps have been stolen. Two young boys were interrupted throwing rocks at the large sign nearby the...
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November 2019

Will Reports: Not a great deal this month but we have planted just over 1000 natives this season. Fingers crossed for a good survival percentage. A number of understory plants have been planted in groups so hope they grow and throw their seeds about. Not many pigeons about, have only heard a pair flying about now and then. The birds are pretty quiet so hope they are all busy nesting and feeding...
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October 2019

Will Reports:  Up by the second seat on the Top Track which we call The Memory Corner, a small sign has been placed. We have several memorial trees planted nearby in remembrance of people who have helped us over the years. A good spot to sit and reflect. The new Kanuka Steps (on the Bottoms Track) are just about finished, thanks to David Burt of KRB (Keep Richmond Beautiful). We still have to...
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September 2019

Will Reports: The new plantings have slowed down but we put in over a 100 plants this month. We also dug out the natives around the kanuka tree nearby McGlashen’s Dam in preparation for the new steps around the kanuka. These small natives were planted out elsewhere. We were fortunate to have permission to collect some native seedlings of black and red beach, totara and also a couple of cedar,...
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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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July 2019

Alastair Mackintosh Reports: One rat and two possums. Continuing the vandalised bird feeder story: Yes the “Loose Bowled Bandit” has been re-cycled. Setting up the game camera proved that not only the unknown culprit was a possum, but showed it was visiting the bird feeder just on dusk. Will Reports: Kevin and I have been steadily working away on improving the walking track over the...
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June 2019

Will Reports: The Problem of Dog Owners: Most dog owners let their dogs run free up the gully and I mean free – running through the bush many metres from them. They are definitely not ‘under control’ and pity any weka that happen to be nearby. They also cut corners along the track, knocking about any plants in their way and scare smaller children no matter what size the dog. Then there is...
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May 2019

Will Reports: We have been busy working on installing new steps at the Fossil Steps, now completed. Thanks to David, Kevin and Bryan with help from neighbour Peter Wilks too. We also cleared some storm damage down at McGlashin’s Dam. A couple of trees had fallen down with one over the handrail by the dam and another over the decking nearby. A couple of trees fell across the McGlashen’s Dam in a...
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April 2019

Will Reports:  Early in April more weed-eating and spraying was done in prep for planting later during the winter. Some work done in removing old green sleeves around older plants and clearing some of the service tracks too. The Hart Creek steps were completed and a start on replacing and sorting out the Fossil Steps; all this work being done by David Burt of KRB, and Kevin Piper, Bryan Riley...
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March 2019

Alastair Mackintosh Reports: Hi Will. Better results this past month with 11 mice, 5 rats & 1 hedgehog. Family of quail still around with the seven “little bumble bees” now the size of their mother. Recent guests from France were amazed that they had been able to see such a variety of bird life so close to the Richmond CDB: quail, wekas, pigeons, tuis, bell birds, wax eyes,...
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February 2019

Will Reports:  The dry continues and as access to the tracks have been closed due to the fire risk, we haven’t been able to do any work up the gully. The trap lines have only been checked once this month and then we noticed a huge leaf fall, stressed plants, and the bush was very open due to many lower shrubs and small plants dead or dying.  Hopefully, things won’t be as...
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January 2019

Will Reports:  Throughout December, besides the trapping, we have mostly been attending to releasing plants and lot of spraying plus work with the weedeater, trying to keep the weeds at bay. In January 2019 Kevin & I have finished repairing the steps rising from the Hart Creek crossing, combining with Keep Richmond Beautiful’s David Burt. See the end result on the Facebook...
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December 2018

Alastair Mackintosh Reports:  Hi Will. Not a lot again this past month. One rat and two hedgehogs. Both hedgehogs in the same trap as last month and with out moving it. That makes 9 from the same area in two months! As I said previously, what chance would a ground nesting bird have of successfully hatching a brood of eggs in that locality! I am quite convinced they are a much...
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November 2018

Will Reports: This month some time spent going over the rat traps and tunnels doing a major cleanup. Most have now been done but the DOC150’s and DOC200’s still to do. Planting update: Still some late planting of kakabeak (seed from Mike Oliver), a couple of flax, Kevin’s 19; of coprosma & hebe which brings the total planted for this season to 1049 – the most ever that we have planted...
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September 2018

Alison Nicholl Reports: Hi Will, Figures for August are 4 mice; 2 rats. Birds heard are Quail, Kereru, Tui, Blackbirds and Chaffinch. Mike Oliver Reports: (The Fire Lookout Trap line) July catches were 3 mice and 1 rat. Will Reports: August was still busy for the planting team with 165 planted. These were some 46 from TDC (matai, beach, kaihikatea and totara); 14 flax from Alison; and a rimu...
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August 2018

Alison Nicholl Reports: Of interest – I did see a Weka charge at an almost 2 metre vertical bank and with a bit of a scramble made the top and scuttled off! Mike Oliver Reports: (The Fire Lookout Trap line) A catch up of the recent month’s tallies – April catches – 3 mice and 1 rat. May – 2 rats. June – No catches. Will Reports: Kevin, Shirl and I ‘disposed’ of a...
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July 2018

Will Reports: Kevin and I finally got around to repairing about 3 or 4 treads on the Fossil Steps and it might not be too long before these steps are due for replacement. The donated plants from Brent Beloe and Mainly Natives, 69 in all, have all been planted along with 56 matai plants from a sort of surplus for this season via ‘Tasman Environmental Trust’ and ‘Trees that Count’....
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