Sheppards Stream
Bottle Lake, Christchurch

Bottle Lake, Christchurch
Departs from:
Bottle Lake Forest, Rangers Office Waitikiri Drive
Departure time:

Sheppard’s Stream is a remnant wetland in WaitÄkiri/Bottle Lake Forest on Christchurch’s eastern coast. WaitÄkiri/Bottle Lake Forest is an extensive pine plantation that was once an important food-gathering area (mahinga kai) for the people of NgÄi Tahu (local iwi/tribe) and their ancestors; they would gather eels (tuna) and other fish, and used native coastal plants for medicine, building materials, weaving, footwear and weapons.

Unsuccessful attempts at farming were made in the area by Europeans in the late 1850s and by the 1870s, pine plantations were being established to prevent the sand dunes from encroaching on nearby market gardens. The forest is now managed by the Christchurch City Council and is still a working forest, and is also a popular destination for mountain bikers, runners, walkers and horse riders.

We’ll be helping Christchurch City Council Ranger Warren Hunt with the removal of grey and crack willow in the Sheppard’s Stream wetland. These are two highly invasive species present in this area. If time allows, Warren may take us on a tour of the forest.

No experience is necessary as training is provided. We also provide gloves, tools as well as free transport to and from the project if needed.

What to bring/wear: sturdy boots, long sleeves and pants, waterproof jacket and a hat. Bring a water bottle and some food.

What we provide: all tools and gloves provided as well as training and an experienced team leader. Free transport options available (seats are limited!) - get in touch to book a seat.

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