Tuesday, April 30, 2019


This is such an interesting area with a history dating back to the early 1860's when the first settlers arrived at Port Albert.

 Exploring some of the inlets and settlement around the Kaipara and meeting some interesting people who live and work there.

Crane near Pahi Jetty

Pahi -Oysters fresh from the Kaipara

Parirau Zion Church

Paparoa - The Landing

More to follow...………………………...

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Miranda with Bot Soc

A stunningly beautiful sun filled day enjoying the chenier shell banks and environment of the Miranda Shorebird Reserve. Today the Auckland Botanical Society are exploring the area to add to  the species list for this shell bank habitat.

Meeting at the shorebird centre we were soon off to a slow walk to see the road side mistletoe (Ileostylus micranthus) struggling to survive on a dying host tree.

More to follow...………………...

Friday, April 19, 2019

Dotterel Forum 2019

On Tuesday 16th April  I attended the annual dotterel forum at Ambury Regional Reserve and it was just great to see such a turn out. Each year this has added new people who work hard to give the Northern New Zealand dotterel a helping hand particularly over the summer holiday period to successfully nest and rear chicks.

Summer is the period that these birds are under pressure from competing recreational interests that threaten to risk their breeding success.
Its always good to catch up with friends and other people working hard to give nature a hand.

More to follow.