Ashley Rakahuri River
Rangiora, Canterbury

Rangiora, Canterbury
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Departs from:
CVNZ Transport Pickup Points: - 9am - Outside the Bus Interchange, Lichfield St - 9:20am Belfast Tavern (The Peg), 899 Main North Rd, Belfast - 10am, Airfield Rd, Rangiora
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The Ashley-Rakahuri River is a significant nesting, feeding and breeding area for a number of native shore bird species. Among these are the black billed gull, the black fronted tern and the wrybill - all of which are threatened species. Invasive weeds can severely impact the breeding success of these birds as they require bare shingle on which to nest. We'll be helping to ensure their success by removing lupins from the river margins. We'll be joining the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group on this exciting and special project. Check out their website for more information on what they do: There is a great video to watch.

There is transport available, but this is limited to 5 spaces due to Covid restrictions (please bring a mask for your trip in the van), so if you'd like this option, register early and let us know you'd like transport. There are two pick up points: The Bus Interchange on Lichfield St at 9am and the Belfast Tavern, 899 Main North Rd at 9:20am. If you'd like to carpool, there is the option of meeting at the Belfast Tavern as well. Please do let us know so we can help coordinate this. The meeting point for the project is at the end of Merton Rd, close to the aerodrome. Please contact us for specific directions.

For this project, you'll need to bring boots - we will be working in the shallows of the river and you will get wet feet, so sturdy boots are necessary. Please also bring plenty of warm clothing (or a sunhat!), lunch and drinking water. 

We will provide all necessary tools, gloves (although you may wish to bring your own), morning tea and an enthusiastic team leader. 

To book in for this project, please register below. Contact Hamish Fairbairn ( or 021 399040) for more information. 

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