Point Bush Biome

bi.ome   noun   

ECOLOGY

a large naturally ocurring community of flora & fauna occupying a major habitat    eg. forest


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ATTN: DOG OWNERS

As part of our work towards establishing Point Bush Ecosanctuary we have volunteers coordinating our ground based pest and predator control programme from the 6th August 2020 onwards. This means that from now moving forward we must ask for anyone bringing their dogs along with them to use our tracks and trails that dogs MUST BE ON-LEAD at all times (this includes using the Whitehorse Walkway, Whitehorse Big Easy and Mountain Biking Trails) ...we also as always remind you that for health and saf...

August 6, 2020

"Kids Looking At Leaves"

 “Kids Looking at  Leaves”  fun with leaves activityBring along your favourite shape or coloured leaves  - but do ask before picking!    WEDNESDAY 15th July                                                   Time:       10 am – 12 middayVenue:      Waimate Museum Adults to accompany kidsSh...

July 9, 2020

Community Events with The Eco Project Waimate

We had a great response to our invite to come along last Friday evening for a Social get together and some 25 interested volunteers got together for a catch up session.   We are currently working on suggestions for upcoming  Walks, Talks and Workshops  that will be advertised out through the Eco Project Waimate Facebook page, News & Views and our Point Bush Ecosanctuary website.Ann Dennison one of our Point Bush Ecosanctuary trustees is also a founding member and organiser of The ...

June 17, 2020

Kōwhai - The Golden Shade of Winter

I was out walking this week and enjoying the brilliant winter sunshine when a noisy chorus of  tūī and Korimako (bellbirds) closeby attracted my attention!  Looking around to see where all the bird chatter was coming from I was amazed to see the excitement was coming from several Kōwhai trees that had  a great many birds engaged in a frenzy of feeding off the  bright  yellow flowers hanging like bunches of golden bells.  It seemed incredible to see Kōwhai trees ...

June 17, 2020

Upcoming Department of Conservation Workshops!

BIRD COUNT  & TRAPPING WORKSHOPS organised by Department of Conservation Courses (NZQA certification) Tim Exton - DOC Community Ranger has been in touch to  confirm that courses planned prior to  covid 19 lockdown are now going ahead and we are pleased to post information on our website of the two courses and how to book.  Please note there are limited spaces so do get your application in asap.  The venue for the courses is to be held at the Peel Forest Outdoor Centre, P...

June 12, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE: NIGHT CLOSURE OF TRACKS

>>> WALLABY NIGHT SHOOTING <<< Attention all users of POINT BUSH ECOSANCTUARY tracks and trails for Cyclists, Mountain Bikes and Walkers - including the Whitehorse Walkway, Whitehorse Big Easy and Mountain bike trails Please be aware Hunters (with permission) will be active across the entire property to night shoot Wallaby on the POINT BUSH hill bloc - these hunters will be active FROM MONDAY 1ST JUNE 2020 until FURTHER NOTICE ALL PUBLIC ACCESS will be closed from 7pm until day...

May 31, 2020

Walking The Whitehorse Big Easy - An Autumn Afternoon Wandering

Living in Singapore there was continuous year round heat and humidity with only seasonal monsoons for variation.  I’ve never seen rain quite like it since!  Huge deluges interspersed with cracking lightening and thunder making it one of the world’s highest lightening strike countries.  In a matter of minutes the deep Storm Water Ditches ( built purposefully all over the Island for just such times) would rapidly fill to the brim and rivers of water that once used to drown stree...

May 20, 2020

The Wallaby Problem... How This Pest Is Running Amok

The short version of this is.... Wallabies are running amok!With more of us getting out walking the tracks under L3, it is evident from the very many well defined wallaby tracks that there is a lot of activity going on in the wider region, and certainly we haven't escaped this in the Ecosanctuary!   Many of you have reported back to us that they have sighted several bold wallabies in daylight hours calmly hopping around the hills! The article says it all and the alarm bells are well an...

May 10, 2020

Autumn Updates & "Forest Bathing"

Autumn at Point Bush Ecosanctuary - on the Whitehorse WalkwayToday's early morning sun was already hot and promising a pearl of a day!   By 11 a.m. it was absolutely stunning;  still calm with the Autumn sun slanting through the trees casting deep dark shadows on the forest floor with shafts of golden sunlight piercing through the overhead  canopy leaves  framed by  patches of azure blue sky.The start of  the 1.1 km Whitehorse Walkway commences over a style-fen...

May 3, 2020

Upcoming Events - Summer 2019/2020

Thursday 12th December  7 to 8 pm at Waimate Museum Success & Progress – Looking ahead to 2020 Come along and join us for a Social hour plus plans for future Talks, Trips, Topics for 2020 including proposed (pool-car) visits to Orokanui EcoSanctuary, Riccarton Bush, Conway Bush and more. Sunday 15th December   8.30 a.m.  at Studholme Bush Scenic Reserve       Native Bird Survey in the Bush  Come along and be involved in a Bird Survey and find out how to ...

December 9, 2019

Totara rescue - Volunteer day October 2019

Plenty of sunshine and warm spring conditions meant we had an excellent day with our group of volunteers who came along to help with our latest Totara seedling rescue operation! With such a beautiful day to be out amongst the trees here at the Ecosanctuary site, and the small but might army of volunteers, we were able to not only rescue one species with our incredible Totara, but also precious Kahikatea seedlings - we can’t say a big enough thank you to everyone who came along to help out, len...

October 20, 2019

October Events

Make sure to add these to your calendar and join us, we would love to see you there...Friday 11th OctoberFree public talk & workshop7pm to 8pmWaimate MuseumCome along and listen to two presentations - one thanks to Rob Smith on “Cute birds, weird plants and nasty wallabies, QEII National Trust and what we are doing about them.” Plus a workshop on how to make Predator Tracking Tunnels to monitor what predators to our native birds are hanging around your place!Sunday 20th OctoberTorara Seedlin...

October 6, 2019

Whitehorse Walkway Tour - Spring 2019

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for a tour of the Whitehorse Walkway and Link Track! We had a great time chatting about Waimate's incredible natural history and the future of our biodiversity.Andrew Oliver and Gary Dennison took a keen group along the Whitehorse Walkway (from Point Bush Road), while Ann Dennison and Geoff Leinert provided a tour of the Link Track (which begins at the Whitehorse Monument)...

September 30, 2019

Growing an Ecosanctuary

Spring and planting time is here!   However, we have to be patient as plans to plant out the Point Bush Ecosanctuary area in natives is programmed for 2 to 3 year’s away.  However, the selection of native species for propagation is now! Gary and I met with local Headford Propagators Nursery Owners Grant and Roybnne Hayman last week at their Nursery to talk through plans for future planting programme of some 50K native seedlings to enhance the existing established native bush from the...

September 22, 2019

KAREAREA (Fast flying bird of prey)

Transcript of Colin Dore's presentation - Friday 13th September 2019  The KAREAREA(Fast flying bird of prey) "Some of my reasons, for being so passionate about the Karearea, apart from its hunting ability; it is also close to being on the endangered species list. I have three very vivid memories that I have experienced an associated with that have helped me focus on this magnificent bird of prey  This is a bird that my father bought one home 60 years ago having shot it while on a ...

September 18, 2019

Totara rescue with Waimate High School

On the wettest day of the past few weeks - perfect for trees mind you - a group of Waimate High School students came to help with a programme of Totara (Podocarpus totara) rescue we have been running since 2015! Totara take over 100 years to reach maturity, growing to approximately 30 metres tall, and living for over 1000 years - making them one of the longest living tree species in New Zealand’s forests. Point Bush Ecosanctuary has pockets of mature Totara trees (who could be anywhere around ...

September 13, 2019

Spring 2019 - Wilding Pine Control

This might not look like much, but it represents a big leap forward towards our vision.For those walking or mountain bike riding this week up the Whitehorse Track or on the Whitehorse Big Easy, they will have seen a group of Foresters at work on the hill top removing the (regrowth) of Pine Trees as a step towards eventual planting this area in Native Bush. A team of 7 x Foresters from Dunedin (DM Holding) have been working their way through gorse and along tracks to reach these young pine t...

September 6, 2019

September Events

September is nearly here, and our intent is to hold topical Talks, Walks & Workshops on a regular basis and to kick off we have a couple of dates coming up in September you may want to attend or participate in! Despite nature’s drenching (of much needed rain I hasten to add), cutting off SH1 for a time and causing havoc... we were delighted that so many of you made it to the Waimate Event Centre for the Presentation by Ourselves and Andrew Oliver at the ...

August 29, 2019

Pest and Predator Control - Tips from the Department of Conservation

Predator Free NZ 2050.....It's quite a challenge as we all know, but there are more and more volunteer groups getting involved in some form of monitoring and trapping...so yes...if we all deal with our own "backyard"...it just might be possible to reach this target of NZ predator free. (Click the link to learn more!)  So...Gary and I just attended a Free DOC run Workshop in Geraldine "Introduction to predator trapping ".  Apparently this was the 4th Workshop in as many months and was r...

August 10, 2019

POINT BUSH ECOSANCTUARY

 Thanks to the Timaru Herald - Originally Published by Stuff.co.nz LINK TO ARTICLE...

August 8, 2019

Inspired By Nature

Once in a while you pick up a book that transports you into another world! I was on my way to visit my sister in California and delved into the airport bookshop for something to read on the flight!   I am a “tactile” reader in that the feel of a book in the hand as well as the cover conveys to me whether it’s my “cup of tea”. Some books have hard edged covers and glossy sharp edge pages that become uncomfortable to hold after a while.  Then of course the subject matter, title...

August 8, 2019

A new environmental adventure

“Natural Heritage Ecological Restoration Waimate”Sunday 11 August; 2 to 4 pmat the Waimate Event CentreTalk & Presentation by Andrew Oliver & Ann and Gary DennisonWe would like to invite interested members of the public to an ecological and environmental presentation where we will be discussing plans for native bush reforestation; an Ecosanctuary project to enhance and enrich our local native bush, flora and native bird species in WaimatePlease RSVP by 1st August (for catering...

July 9, 2019

Claremont Garden Party 2019

What a day!  Running our wine stall at the Garden Fete held at Claremont House, on a perfect summer’s day was a highlight!  Our wine stall luckily was in the shade of the gorgeous gardens and our Methode Traditionelle “Milestone Bubbles” served chilled with local Waimate strawberries proved very popular… perfect for the Garden Fete occasion.  We had a great day and were delighted to see many of our long time Point Bush Wine friends stop by to chat and wine taste and t...

February 18, 2019

Adventures to Applecross

Hello, and greetings from Oban! We are just back from a wonderful day trip over to the Isle of Mull, Duart Castle and Tobermory on Mull. We had an excellent look around the castle and the beautiful character port with colourful houses surrounding the harbour....

September 1, 2018

Highland Hijinks

Hello from the northern Highlands of Scotland! We arrived in Cromarty from Glasgow via Loch Ness and Glen Coe. A lovely scenic trip, if a bit wet and misty through the first part (but what else would you expect from Scotland?!) Cromarty is an amazing historic little town, with the most unique and picturesque cottages. I've taken far too many photos to include them all here, but I have added some! ...

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