Battle for the Banded Rail is a Waimea Inlet Forum project working with local communities. It aims to increase the number of banded rail and other estuarine birds on the Waimea Inlet by restoring habitat and trapping predators.
You can find more information here.
Planting Dates for the Coming Season
Do come and join us for a community planting day on the Waimea Inlet at any or all of the following:
Sunday 26 May 9am-1pm
Bronte Peninsula on Stringer Embayment.
Park on Road at 92 Bronte Road East
Sunday 9 June 9am-1pm
Follow sign to Manuka Island from Redwood Road
Sunday 16 June 9am-1pm
Bronte Peninsula North.
Park on Cardno Way, off Bronte Road East
Sunday 30 June 9am-1pm
Hoddy Estuary Park.
Off Coastal Highway near Research Orchard Rd.
Sunday 7 July 9am-1pm
Westdale Road opposite Playhouse Café
Sunday 21 July 9am -1pm
Maisey Embayment/Pukeko Lane.
Parking & access from Pukeko Lane
Sunday 28 July 9am-1pm
Mapua Embayment/Seaton Valley Stream.
Access 126 Aranui Road
Sunday 11 August 9am-1pm
Research Orchard Road
Please bring gloves, spade and drinking water. Wear solid footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Morning tea will be provided (coffee courtesy of Pomeroy’s).
This is our 5th season of planting.
Project Manager, Kathryn Brownlie
For more information
Phone Kathryn 544 4537
Illustration in the draft Catchment Management Plan
After many years of preparation, Tasman District Council (TDC) has now announced a new holistic approach to managing stormwater in Richmond.
It aims to improve flood resilience as well as protect our waterways and the environment. Since all of the town’s waterways flow into the Inlet, the quality of the flows directly affect it.
The Council has asked to Waimea Inlet Forum to provide feedback to the proposed plan. We have responded with a submission. You can read it here
Full details of the proposed Plan are on the TDC website:
They take the form of a draft Richmond Catchment Management Plan and a draft Urban Stormwater Strategy, along with supporting documentation. A district-wide urban stormwater discharge consent application will be publicly notified later.
The proposed water contamination risk objectives are:
A background report identifying existing stormwater quality and contamination risks was written in 2010. It gives a lot of detail about the quality of the various streams and drains entering the Inlet and is worth reading.
The Battle for the Banded Rail is focused on restoring birdlife to Waimea Estuary in Nelson. It’s built on thousands of hours of volunteer work. In 2017 over 250 volunteers contributed more than 1,500 hours of time – checking trap lines, planting, weeding and more…
Tracey Murray and Kathryn Brownlie were recently interviewed about the achievements by Predator Free NZ.
Check out the video and you’ll see how the enthusiasm of volunteers is making a big difference around the shores of the Inlet.