Enviro Trip to Cascades

On Saturday 19th September Mrs Graham organised for some of our envirogroup students, parents and some teachers to go on the Auckland City Walk in the Cascades. This walk, near Bethells Beach and off Te Henga Road, is very accessible and mostly hard under foot.

Mr Paul Eardley, one of our very enthusiastic parents, is a voluntary ranger in the Waitakeres and he showed us many things of interest. He brought along a chilly bin and everyone found the contents fascinating.  He showed us frozen, dead (of course) pests that inhabit the park like ferret, stoat, rat and rabbit.

On the walk Mr Eardley stopped many times as points of interest to the group. We saw a Hihi feeder and a special tunnel trap.

We learned much about how volunteers practise sustainability inside this precious local environment. On our way into and out of the track we had to scrape our shoes and disinfect them with a spray. This is because there is an invasive disease that is damaging the Kauri trees in the park and we need to be careful not to transfer the disease in to the area.

About 40 people braved the rain. the wet weather made the bush vibrant with smells and colour. Everyone said how much they enjoyed doing this walk.