Post-quakes there is still plenty of demolition underway in Christchurch.
Meanwhile, the plants are making the most of any and all opportunities.
And the central city is also undergoing a major restoration of the banks along the Avon River (Te Papa Ōtākaro).
Demolition underway in the Hereford/Tuam St area
Plants using any and all available space
Planting along the riverbank in the Victoria Square/Law Courts area.
Many weeds are also beautiful. Old mans beard (Clematis vitalba) is currently seeding, so it may be easier to spot amongst other plants.
There is control information from the Dept of Conservation here and from Environment Canterbury here.
DoC has recently published a new report on the conservation status of NZ indigenous vascular plants, 2012. The report lists the threat status of 2580 plants.
The report and supplemental data are available here.
Muehlenbeckia ephedroides. The status of this species is “at risk, declining”.
Post-earthquakes, a natural environment recovery plan has been developed by Environment Canterbury (and others). This is part of the Recovery Strategy for greater Christchurch. Biodiversity is one of the aspects considered.
There is introductory and summary material here, or go straight to the main report here.
Plants, making the most of opportunities, including cuts in asphalt
Conservation Week is coming up – 8-15 Sep 2013. And its spring here, so its a good time to be out and about.
The trig on Sugarloaf, Port Hills
These Blechnum ferns were gracing Cathedral square, along with various artworks – including painted fencing around the quake-damaged cathedral.
Landcare Research, Forest & Bird and the Ornithological Society are inviting participants in their annual garden bird survey. This involves spending 1 hour of time observing and counting birds, sometime between 29 June and 7 July 2013.
The site also includes an identification poster that can be printed.
The new strategy for Canterbury is available for comment. You can find it here. Submissions are due by 4.30pm on Friday 13 September 2013.