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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ECOSANCTUARY OPEN - 10th JULY 2021

Hi friends ... just a quick update to let you know the gates to the Ecosanctuary are now open... and there is access to all tracks and trails within the Ecosanctuary fenced area! Thank you so much for all your support and patience over the past two weeks - we should have an update from Environment Canterbury soon that we can share as to the results from the Wallaby control programme A quick reminder - ALL DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON LEAD AT ALL TIMES! This is a compulsory aspect to our working Ecosanct...

July 10, 2021

IMPORTANT UPDATE - NOTICE OF UPCOMING WALLABY CONTROL WORKS

Our Trust is very grateful for the support of Environment Canterbury in arranging an upcoming Wallaby control programme that can now be undertaken with the completion of our Predator Proof Fence. Please be aware that this programme is due to begin shortly andin the interest of public safety, the entire Point Bush Ecosanctuary area including all walking, biking and mountain biking tracks will be closed to the public from the 28th of June until the 9th of July All access gates to the Ecosanctuar...

June 18, 2021

Visitors to the Ecosanctuary!

Here we are at the end of March and the late summer weather continues on!  Gary and I were delighted to host several groups over the past couple of weeks, being able to make use of our Visitors Centre to show presentations and to chat about our vision, followed by guided tours along stretches of both the Whitehorse Walkway and Big Easy trails!...

March 29, 2021

PREDATOR FENCE UPDATE | FEB 2021

It was a big milestone day yesterday, as our Predator Proof fence officially “linked up” and became a full enclosure surrounding our 90ha site! There are still more layers of the fine mesh to be installed, however the main fence structure and self-closing access gates are installed! We have reached a very exciting stage of the Ecosanctuary project, involving a lot of activity around the site - which is a timely reminder to check in here with our Facebook page for any important notices and t...

February 6, 2021

FENCE UPDATE - MOUNTAINBIKE TRACK TEMPORARY CLOSURE

PLEASE NOTE A DIGGER AND FENCING CONTRACTORS HAVE COMMENCED PUTTING IN THE PREDATOR FENCE AROUND THE ECOSANCTUARY PERIMETER.THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ALONG CENTREWOOD PARK ROAD.MOUNTAIN BIKERS ARE ADVISED NOT TO USE THE MTB TRACKS Wriggly Beast, Rosewood Loop Filthy AnimalThe Big Easy and Whitehorse Walkway remain open. Point Bush Ecological Trust ph: 021673327...

November 24, 2020

Waituna Creek School Visit

Principal Tiffany Ottley and her staff planned a School outing to thePoint Bush Ecosanctuary and we were all looking forward to hosting them.The sun was shining as 34 eager Waituna Creek School students spilled out of the bus for the start of their morning visit to the Point BushVisitor Centre and Ecosanctuary Forest exploration. On hand were Eco Project Volunteers Andrew Oliver and Ni Carter to lead the older students (aged 10 to 12 years)  through a native plant and tree species identific...

November 19, 2020

FENCE CONSTRUCTION COMMENCING!

We are thrilled to let you know that today Point Bush Ecological Restoration Trust Chairperson Gary Dennison and Fencing Contractor Jamie Wratt confirmed commencement of our Predator Fence thanks to our Trust receiving the funding required to begin construction!Works will begin on MONDAY 16th November - starting along the top boundary of our Ecosanctuary at the Whitehorse end of Centrewood Park Road!We are absolutely delighted to be able to share this good news with you - and will be posting reg...

November 11, 2020

Bio Blitz on Labour Weekend 2020

“A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species  within a designated area.  Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive  field study over a continuous time period“   Our first official BioBlitz was set up at the Ecosanctuary site last weekend with volunteers venturing forth, armed with clipboards, notebooks and I-Naturalist NZ Apps, headed  to a designated area in the Ecosanctuary ...

October 29, 2020

Open Day 2020

We hosted our first Open Day at our newly opened visitor centre on the 11th October - the aim of the day was to showcase the work of our Trust and to also celebrate the fantastic environmental activities and groups in the region who are also working towards fantastic outcomes for our DistrictWe had a number of displays from community groups and want to thank all the volunteers from those different groups who came along to share their knowledge and time -  Glenda and Mark from Waimate T...

October 15, 2020

Bio Blitz - Sunday 25th October

SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER9.30am - 1pmCo-hosted by The Eco Project - Waimate and Point Bush EcosanctuaryThe aim of a Bio Blitz is to record the biodiversity found ... It is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. Anyone interested is welcome to join of all ages and bring your smartphone (if you have one, totally fine if you don't, still come along!) as records will be made using the I-Naturalist app Meet at our Point Bush Eco...

October 4, 2020

OPEN DAY AT POINT BUSH ECOSANCTUARY

Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10 AM – 3 PMFREE ENTRY!Drop in to our Point Bush Ecosanctuary Visitor Centre to meet our Trustees, Volunteers, find out more about our 250 year vision + our wallaby, pest & predator proof fence Sausage Sizzle; Coffee & Tea; Rain or Shine! Bring your walking shoes or bike and enjoy using the tracks and trails!MORE DETAILS HERE!...

October 4, 2020

Kahikatea Seedling Rescue

As a second part of Sunday’s session (see our blog post on Banana Passionfruit vine control work), volunteers set out to rescue our precious Kahikatea seedlings that have grown below the mature ancient trees here at the Ecosanctuary.Armed with trowels, small potting containers and soil our volunteers carefully set about uplifting and transplant 2 – 4 cm tall Kahikatea seedlings that have appeared at the base of the giant parent trees at the start of the Whitehorse Walkway.     In t...

September 14, 2020

Invasive Vine “Seek & Destroy Mission” for Banana Passionfruit

With weather conditions perfect at the weekend, we would like to extend a big THANK YOU to a group of volunteers who spent a very satisfying Sunday afternoon searching for and dealing to clumps of  “Banana Passion Fruit” or Botanical Name  Passiflora ‘Tacsonia’ subgroup Family  Passifloraceae (passionfruit) found wound around bushes and climbing high up into branches of tall trees.   Although this plant has beautiful ornate flowers and delicious edible fruit, enj...

September 14, 2020

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 <<<***UPDATED 11 OCTOBER 2020*** 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...

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...

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