Waikato’s native wonders unveiled


A wealth of opportunities to learn about and experience the native forest wonders of the Waikato – hidden in plain sight in the region’s unique gullies – is on offer during February.

Tamahere’s Gully Care group plays a key role in the month of tours, lectures, and field trips dedicated to the Waikato and Hamilton city gullies by hosting the first field trip at its Devine Rd plant nursery on Sunday, February 5 at 1.30pm.

Evening lectures through the Waikato University’s Continuing Education Centre on February 9, 16 and 23, explore the history of urban forest remnants, introduce local plants and animals and provide insight into eocological restoration through the hands-on experience of two gully owners.

Guided tours take in everything from the Hamilton City municipal nursery and the Waikato University herbarium to the gullies of the Hakarimata Ranges (between Ngaruawahia and Huntly) and the Matangi gully of Peter Morris, restored over 20 years.

Overall there are 19 different activities or events from February 9 to March 4 when the programme finishes with a workshop, again, at the Tamahere nursery.

Event cost is a gold coin donation. Pre-registration is necessary and can be done by phoning the Continuing Education on 858 5055 and asking about the ‘Hamilton Gullies Series 2012″.

For more detail click the following link for a brochure (PDF): Gully Month 2012

See here for more on gully restoration.

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