Date: Saturday 18 August 2018
Time: 9 am – midday
Where: Spit Reserve, Rockinghorse Road, Southshore
Since 2014 Citycare has been helping Council Rangers to restore the native vegetation around Spit Reserve by planting coastal native species. This year the Spit Reserve Planting day will be part of the Community Guardians programme, launched by Citycare and the Student Volunteer Army in July.
The planting provides soil stabilisation, increases bio diversity and helps to provide important roosting grounds for many wading birds.
Rainfall here is very low, the sand doesn’t accept a lot of the water and it runs off to lower areas. The planting style is a lot different than would be done in a home garden and care has to be taken to plant species that are able to handle the environment.
The area is dominated by Marram Grass which is not productive in any way for insects and birds. It will be a long programme to replace the Marram Grass, but is well on the way with Fantails, Wood Pigeons, Bell Birds, Kingfishers appearing. Geckos have been sighted and there is an increase in spider species.