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Otatara South Reserve Walk

Tuesday 26 March 2019 at 6.30pm

An easy walk through one of Otatara’s largest native forest remnants is full of interest. Your guides are knowledgeable about native fauna and flora – and the problems caused by more recent invaders. Find out about pest control and the difference it is making!

The return along estuary foreshore reveals traces of human history from early Maori activity to Otatara’s first sawmill site.

When? Tuesday 26 March at 6.30 p.m.


Where? Meet at the Reserve entrance at the end of Huruhuru Road (off Erskine Road). Parking space is available.


Bring: Walking shoes or gumboots (for the estuary section).

Contact: Cathy Macfie ph. 2131267

Bowman Bush Chilean flame creeper evening - Monday 21 January 2019 – 7-9pm

Bowman Bush Chilean flame creeper evening - Monday 21 January 20197-9pm - Join OLG Chilean Flame creeper pulling at Bowman Bush, Otatara – Leader Randall Milne. But strong winds are forecast so Randall will check on Monday if it is still suitable to carry on. Please text Randall if interested, so he can contact you if we decide on the night to cancel it. Randalls contact phone number is 021784989


Otatara Landcare Group

Eco-Fun Day Sunday 4 November starting at 1pm

Start at the Southland Community Nursery at 1pm and pick up your passport

(Please park at 183 Grant Road car park then follow the signs)

Come along and explore Bushy Point – an area on Invercargill’s doorstep where we can see New Zealand forest as it used to be. Bushy Point is also a site where you can be part of a conservation-in-action programme! This exciting restoration project is returning natural habitats to the area by linking together existing forest remnants. 

The Eco Fun Day will make the most of the Bushy Point walking track, nature walk and activities, the pond and planted areas. Our day will also take advantage of the Southland Community Nursery Education Centre’s attractions. We will identify bugs and plants, discover the uses of some plants and help the Otatara Landcare Group to plant more trees in this forest-in-the-making. We will see what lives in the pond and try our hand at boat building. This is a fun-filled family afternoon and we welcome you to join us. This is a family event so it is essential that each child or group of children is accompanied by an adult who is responsible for them - parents and grandparents have fun too!

Contact Chris Rance (Southland Community Nursery) 2131161 or KCC Coordinator Bronwyn 213 0017, for further details.

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