We have another busy planting season under way. Do come and join us.
Please bring gloves, spade and drinking water. Wear solid footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Morning tea will be provided.
Sunday 15th August 9am – 1pm Hunter Brown Reserve, Rough Island
Sunday 22nd August 9am – 1pm Reservoir Creek Embayment Park at Aquatic Centre, walk through highway underpass to estuary
Sunday 29th August 9am – 1pm Hunter Brown Reserve, Rough Island
Sunday 5th September 9am – 1pm Greenslade Park, Rough Island
Sunday 12th September 9am – 1pm Hunter Brown Reserve, Rough Island
Battle for the Banded Rail is a project working with local communities to increase the number of banded rail and other estuarine birds on the margins of the Waimea Inlet by restoring habitat and trapping predators.
Their attention will inevitably be focused on the effects of sea level rise on the people of the District. However, their increasing commitment to sustainability and environmental protection means that they are also likely to listen to and act on our concerns about the future health of the Inlet.
The Waimea Inlet Strategy says we will develop “a strategic response to maintain natural functions of the inlet and representative habitats, under changing conditions of sea level”.
So we have responded to the Council, explaining how the productive salt marsh and coastal margin vegetation can be given room to migrate inland as the sea level slowly rises.
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:
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.
Members of our Waimea Inlet Coordination Group have been working with the signatories of the Waimea Inlet Charter to plan specific future actions that need to be done to fulfil the hopes and aspirations in the Waimea Inlet Management Strategy.
Draft Action Plan
We have put together a draft Action Plan, and about fifty members of the Forum and interested individuals got together in a workshop to check through it. We gathered lots of very useful feedback. We also received a number of written comments.
The many useful responses helped us to fine-tune the Plan. A big thank you to all of you who have contributed.
It is a living document, so it is likely to be tweaked further as time passes, but this version is pretty well there.