DATE: Saturday 25th November, 2023
F&B Manawatū are offering an opportunity for a guided tour around the Forest Sanctuary and an optional cream tea in the Homestead
COST: Approx. $30 per person. This is dependent on the number of people who sign up. Also, an option for a cream tea $15
FOREST SANCTUARY - A Forest & Bird Project
The 89 hectare Bushy Park Tarapuruhi forest is a Forest & Bird Project. It is a rare example of North Island temperate lowland forest. Lowland forests such as Bushy Park historically harboured the largest and most diverse communities of native and endemic plants and animals. Bushy Park Tarapuruhi is unusual in that it survived (most lowland forest was clear felled) and it is relatively unmodified, i.e. there has been no logging or burning of the main forest. It was also fenced to exclude domestic livestock in the mid/early 1900s. The site has the strongest protection from introduced mammals that can currently be delivered on the mainland.
If you would like to go on the bus trip, please email Manawatu.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dept. Time: 9.00 a.m. sharp
Parking Location: To be advised
Programme: After morning cream tea, a guided tour of the Reserve, then free time until bus departs at 3.00 p.m. Expected arrival time in Palmerston North 4.30p.m.
Fitness Level: moderate (well-formed tracks, but some of the Reserve is up and down)
What to bring: Please bring lunch, snacks, water, raincoat, stout footwear and walking poles if you usually use them – and do not forget your camera.