An overview of events, talks, and workshops that are on in the Wellington region. Do you know of an event thats not listed below then please let us know by emailing wellington.branch@forestandbir
|Saturday 3 September||Field trip – Tawhai St Reserve – Horoeka Street Reserve loop, Stokes Valley
Botanise these reserves on the south- and west-facing slopes above Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt. See podocarp / northern rata / beech forest with various liane, fern and ground-cover species.
9.30 a.m. at Horoeka Street Reserve car park.
Michele Dickson 972 2350; Co-leader: Sunita Singh, phone 387 9955, mobile 027 4052 987.
|Monday 19 September||Evening meeting – Can’t tell a moss from a liverwort, don’t know a lichen?
Rodney Lewington, Carol West and Peter Beveridge will make three 20-minute presentations on lichens, on mosses, and on liverworts and hornworts. Each will assume you know nothing, followed by time to get answers to any questions you may have. The talks will cover the structure and life-cycle of each phylum / division. The idea is to allow you to distinguish between them in the field, and make a start on identifying them at home.
|Saturday 1 October||Field trip – Can’t tell a moss from a liverwort, don’t know a lichen?
Continuing our enquiry into lichens, mosses, liverworts and hornworts, we will visit Otari-Wilton’s Bush to go on an exploratory walk for about two hours collecting a few of them, and getting a feel for their various habitats. The rest of the morning will be spent in the Leonard Cockayne Centre with microscopes, learning to identify our collections to genus and even species level. Depending on the weather, we may take another walk in Otari, or continue until about 3 p.m. on identification. Bring a hand lens, note book, pen and your lunch. Tea and coffee provided.
9.30 a.m. at Otari-Wilton’s Bush Information Centre / Te Marae o Tane, 160 Wilton Road, Wilton. No. 14 Wilton bus, Kilbirnie 9.30, Courtenay Place 9.51, Molesworth Street, 10.00; alight at first stop in Warwick Street.
|11–17 January||Summer Camp field trip – North-west Nelson
Located in a DOC reserve between Kahurangi National Park & Tai Tapu Marine Reserve. Next to NZ Native Forest Restoration Trust’s Mangarakau Swamp, the largest remaining wetland in the Nelson / Marlborough region. Fascinating native plants and wildlife.
Base camp: “The Outpost”, Mangarakau. Sleeps 28 indoors, and has plenty of camping space. Approx. 5 hours drive from Picton. One hour west of Collingwood. Full details and booking form in September newsletter. http://theoutpost.kiwi