|Posted by pat on August 15, 2017 at 9:15 PM|
Derek will be back with us very soon. His valley site offers him a real challenge after the torrential rain we have had. We have transfered valley seedlings to this area and although it is a water run off site we may have made enough channels for the seedlings to grow and not drown. They are Lacebark from the edge of the gravel path below the bank.
Many Lacebark seedlings from Pat's place were also big enough to bring back for the season. Coprosma has also been transplanted. Last weekend we put the rest on the far side of the Mini slope. Very hard to keep ones balance as the area is so wet it is hard to stand. All the seedlings came from the Valley floor.
A lot of weeding has been done as this is the time it is easiest. The soil is so water logged the grasses come out easily. Even the Marshmallow creeper comes out roots and all.
A lot of finches and Tui around, Fantails are more common as we work. The trapping has started again and the trappers report less animals are turning up in the traps. The birdsong at the bottom of the valley has increaed in volume quite markedly. So it seems the trappers have made a tremendous difference to the bird population of the valley.
A review walk around shows that plantings in the upper areas near the fenced field have made great growth spurts. We arelooking for Whau to increase the canopy areas and cut down on the weed growth. We have found a huge variation in the growth rates of Whau in various areas of the valley. Can only put it down to soil type.