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Steve's Patch

Lead Person: Steve Phillips

Usual number in team: 1

Start Date: July 2015

What inspired us to adopt-a-spot:
The idea was actually put to me by Andrew, my son in law, who works for Northern Maintenance and weed eat the tracks that Bernie can't mow with the tractor on the island. Andrew knew about it already, and the type of work involved is very similar to what I was involved with on two projects in Auckland. So I have really just continued on working for the environment as best I can, and possibly pass on what knowledge I have gained for the betterment of this world we live in. I don't profess to be a greenie by any means, just a volunteer to help out doing something I enjoy.

Most recent entry at top, first entry at bottom of the page.

6 November 2015

Spent a day on the island in my patch, my first visit for 6 weeks. I cleaned up a lot of moth plant and other miscellaneous small stuff, and pulled up a lot of Herb Robert as well. I have just volunteered to assist with the Petrel chick feeding program in December as well.

August and September 2015

I visited my site on 4 occasions doing general weeding, I even found a patch of about 15 young oaks on the clifftop, and just wondered what bird could have brought the acorns in. Dwane Kokich and Alan Jones used haloxyfop with the tractor spray unit to do some grass spraying in early October.

17th and 24th July

About 12 hours in total, and have covered quite a big area eliminating invasive weeds and grasses. I have discovered that the top end of the area is quite prolific with buffalo and veldt grass also some kikuyu. Need to discuss with Dwane to see if we are going to attack this with spraying, or leave it. It is good to see that there is a lot of good new growth from natural seeding of young natives such as Hoheria, Kawakawa, Karo, Totara, Kahikatea.

Website Editor here. Steve has chosen to keep a record of his excellent adopt-a-spot work on this website by emailing me details to post up on this page. Having worked with Steve on the island, I can say that Steve is a keen man who regularly goes over to the island. Over time, his efforts will make a vast difference to this part of the island - a well used nightly bird roosting area, which brings in a huge amount of unwanted weed seed. Name your weed, Steve is dealing to it!

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