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Monday, 26 June 2017

The Great New Zealand Garden Bird Survey



On Monday a group of children from RAKAU , with the help of Mrs O and Toni from Enviro schools, took part in the annual New Zealand garden bird survey. We do this survey in winter as it is the time of year when some of our native forest birds may come into our gardens looking for food and shelter. 

Scientists want to find out about our bird populations as birds not only give enjoyment for many people in their everyday lives but it also tells us about the health of the environment we live in. They can't do the survey alone as it require lots of people throughout New Zealand to help them build up a picture of our birdlife.

This survey takes place between Saturday 24th June - Sunday 2nd July 2017 throughout the whole of New Zealand. The more people who take part in the survey the better understanding we will have of our birdlife in New Zealand. 


If you are interested in completing the survey follow this link

Creating an organic solution!

As we embarked on a winter clean up of our vegetable garden last week we discovered that some little creatures had been nibbling on our silver beet so we decided to see if we could find a natural way of getting rid of our problem.  A group of our keen enviro gardeners got to work researching a way to make a natural spray.  

This is the recipe they found: 

Place 1 peeled onion, 2 peeled garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a blender.  Add 3 cups of water and blend until smooth.

Let the mixture sit overnight.  Strain the liquid into a spray bottle.  Coat plants generously.  


We look forward to seeing if this works.