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Signs of Spring on Stewart Island

Signs of Spring on Stewart Island

Signs of Spring Yesterday I checked our garden soil temperatures (see post July 31st) and already the cultivated and covered garden is 10.2 deg C, and the lawn… which is our “base” level is at 9.2 deg C. So even though technically still winter...
Kiwi Summer

Kiwi Summer

The Summer of the Kiwi This past summer has truly been one for Kiwi sightings, both on Ulva Island and around the village. I liberated some of the first kiwi to be let lose on Ulva Island back when I was ranger in ’69/70, but never really saw them there again...
What My Camera Sees

What My Camera Sees

What My Camera Sees I carry my camera with me when I’m guiding on Ulva Island, and many of the photos I take end up on the DVD we give our guests, either on the video itself, or in the large library of photos that is included. ¬†Quite apart from the DVD the...
Invertebrates and Bumble Bees

Invertebrates and Bumble Bees

Invertebrates and Bumble Bees An odd combination in this post. New Zealand Land snails are nationally a threatened group of species, and although Bumble Bees are quite common in New Zealand, some species in the United Kingdom are also threatened, to the point that...