20 August 2014
The entire EOS Ecology team headed outdoors this week to support the Avon–Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust by taking part in a planting day at Charlesworth Wetland Reserve, Ferrymead.
Trust members Bill Simpson and Tanya Jenkins with Christchurch City Council ranger Andrew Crossland supervised our working party, which made short work of the planting task assigned them.
“At the start of this planting season we were at the 999,400 mark,” said trust member Bill Simpson to the EOS Ecology team.
“The trees you are putting in today include rangatira or chiefly trees such as tōtara and kahikatea; kahikatea grows up to 45 metres and is the beautiful tree you see in lowland swampy forests throughout the country.”
Nick and the rest of our science team are familiar with the estuary and reserve, having spent many hours doing shellfish monitoring and other science projects within the area. Our communications team also has an intimate knowledge to the area, having designed and published the ‘Field Guide to the Estuary’ booklet for the trust.
The 20 hectare Charlesworth Reserve is between Humphreys Drive and Ferry Road, Christchurch. Restored from farmland through the hard work of volunteers and park rangers, the wetland is now a successful feeding and breeding ground for many of the estuary’s birds.
Principal Scientist Shelley McMurtrie finished the day by committing to make this an annual event for EOS Ecology staff.
“We are really happy to contribute to such a valuable restoration project,” she said.