Banks Peninsula biodiversity workshop

If you’re near Banks Peninsula you may be interested in this media release:

A free learning opportunity to help enhance the “ecological treasure” of  plant and animal life on Banks Peninsula is being offered at Akaroa on Thursday 8 October.

 It’s a Biodiversity Workshop open to everyone interested in improving the natural ecology of the peninsula and it’s being held in Akaroa’s Gaiety Theatre from 9.00am – 7.00pm.

 The workshop, hosted by the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and Lincoln University, is especially suitable for farmers and landowners but is open to everyone interested in the enhancement and conservation of the Peninsula’s native flora and fauna.

 “Banks Peninsula is a unique and valuable ecological treasure,” says Lincoln University ecologist Mike Bowie, one of the organisers of the Workshop.

 “It is an area where nature and diverse human activity, including farming, fishing, recreation, and habitation, can interact and, with care and knowledge, co-exist successfully.”

During the day Hugh Wilson’s new book Natural History of Banks Peninsula will be launched  and the programme also includes an outside field session (weather permitting) and, at the end of the afternoon, an address by guest speaker Dr Simon Pollard of Canterbury Museum, which will be accompanied by a simple dinner (gold coin donation).

 Sessions throughout the day include Farming and Conserving Biodiversity; Conserving Weta and Other Invertebrates: the forgotten fauna; Native Fish: research on Banks Peninsula; the Christchurch City Council Trapping Programme; Threatened Plants; Bush Birds: early findings from surveys; and, towards the end, an open discussion on what can be done to improver biodiversity on Banks Peninsula.

 “Come armed with your ideas for the discussion and build on the earlier sessions throughout the day,” says Mr Bowie.

 In addition to the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and Lincoln University, the Workshop sponsors are Christchurch City Council; Ecan; Department of Conservation; and the Josef Langer Charitable Trust.

 For catering purposes please register interest with Rachel Barker, Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust Coordinator, telephone (03) 329 6340; email: rachel.barker@bpct.org.nz

3 Responses to Banks Peninsula biodiversity workshop

  1. gravedodger says:

    The B P C T is a farmer driven initiative and have had good success in their efforts to conserve and protect pockets of native flora and fauna. How sad though that such efforts are almost completely ignored by the MSM when the disaster unfolding with Crafar’s farms is considered NEWS.
    Hugh Wilson, who you mention, is a modern icon here on the peninsula. He is dedicated to the restoration of native bush on a grand scale and a once “gorse hater” like me gets his head around the ability of gorse to protect regenerating native species,the true worth of Hugh’s effort is apparent.
    It is not easy after a lifetime of watching, what in my mind is productive land, swallowed by the yellow peril, to fully embrace what Hugh does but I am mellowing.
    Hugh’s only mode of transport is a high quality mountain bike on which he travels to Akaroa and the city and therein lies a story. While working on “Hinewai” a while ago Hugh had the misfortune to have his legs trapped by a shifting boulder. His companion went for help and two fire rescue trucks, the St Johns first response vehicle and the Westpak chopper were all responded but the companion was unable to pinpoint his position in nearly 2000 acres of mostly impenetrable gorse. Our thinking officer took one truck to a central point and used the loudhailer and then triangulated Hugh’s response just as cloud and dark descended.
    The irony of rescuing one so independent of the internal combustion engine was not lost on Hugh and we often chuckle about it still.
    Back to Saturday, the conservation trust is a great example of what can be achieved with leadership and suggestion as opposed to forcing a view on people.

  2. homepaddock says:

    GD – thanks for that. Local knowledge adds a lot.

  3. murrayg1 says:

    I used to shake my head at the Lands and Survey in Manapouri in the late ’70″s, every year they would clear their piece of land near the THC, so ‘natives could grow’. Duh!

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