click on images for larger ( phone camera ) versions
Five finger of various variety , plus many of the broad leaf plants and smaller trees, have very much made a strong comeback, with not only seedlings quite thick on the bush floor in many places, but with many of the third season plants more than two meters tall and bearing flowers, fruit and seed.
this is quite in contrast to both how it was and still is on the other side of the river, this does show quite well that the river, acting as a barrier is working very well with almost no sign of any possum browse anywhere within the forest area currently being looked after .
“The Karori Sanctuary is perfectly positioned to showcase New Zealand conservation and to bring our conservation story to life, especially for those thousands of New Zealanders who never normally have the opportunity to experience conservation in action. It is estimated the Visitor and Education Centre will attract 190,000 visitors a year, thus securing the Sanctuary’s future financially and enabling us to build on our position as a pioneer and leader in ecological restoration.”
“This is a wonderful tribute to the foresight and courage of our founders, not to mention the many thousands of volunteers, members, supporters and financial sponsors who have supported us and worked so hard to get us to where we are today,” said Karori Sanctuary Chief Executive Nancy McIntosh-Ward.
Autumn is the best time to hunt for fungi, a From the 6th to 12th May, about 50 fungi enthusiasts will focus their attention on fungi thriving on the forest floor. These fungi fulfil vital ecological roles, such as breaking down wood and leaves and forming beneficial partnerships with trees.
Click to enlarge
The iconic bright blue mushroom or werewere-kokako (Entoloma hochstetteri) is a common mushroom throughout New Zealand, and was found during a Fungal Foray. Photo: Bronwyn Dee