Meetings | Field Trips


Monday 3 July 7:30 pm. Upper Riccarton Library meeting room. 71 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton. Lea de Nascimiento (Researcher, Landcare Research). Topic: Flora of the Canary Islands.


Saturday 8 July: Identifying trees by bark and bud. Sarah Wright and Alice Shanks will lead you on a trail from Ashgrove Reserve, along the Opawaho/Heathcote River, through Ernle Clark Reserve and the Donkey Track and back, to learn to identify winter deciduous trees and look at native trees planted a century ago and more recently. We will also “Naturewatch” our observations as we go, so bring your cell phone (with the iNaturalist app installed) with you.
Meeting time and place
: Meet at Ashgrove Reserve, corner of Ashgrove and Fernihurst Street at 10 am. We will aim to finish by 2 pm. If you don’t want to walk for 2 kilometers in winter just join us to enjoy the trees in Ashgrove Reserve for the first hour.
Suitability: Easy.
Cost: Petrol reimbursement (10c/km paid to drivers).
What to bring: Lunch, drink, hand lenses. Stout footwear, clothes for cold and warm weather.
Trip leader: Please email or ring 027 366 1246 if you are planning to come so I can let you know if the trip is cancelled.


Monday 3 July. Speaker: Lea de Nascimento (Researcher at Landcare Research). Topic: Flora of the Canary Islands and her research.

Monday 7 August. Speaker: Dr Pieter Pelser (Lecturer in Plant Systematics, University of Canterbury). Topic: Untangling the genetics of the Senecio glaucophyllus group.

Monday 4 September. Speaker: Dr Sarah Richardson (Researcher/Capability leader, Ecosystems and Global Change, Landcare Research). Topic: An aspect of NZ forest ecology, a topic wide enough to cover her many research interests.

Monday 2 October. Speaker: Jason Butt (Biodiversity Officer, Waimakariri Water Zone, ECan). Topic: Jason will lead a discussion on “Contracts and volunteers: unexpected issues for the restoration of indigenous vegetation.”

Monday 6 November. Speaker: Dr Deborah Wotton (Moa’s Ark Research). Topic: “Why is Hebe armstrongii rare?”

Monday 4 December. Speaker: Dr Jessie Prebble (Plant Systematist, Landcare Research). Topic: Why are forget-me-nots in trouble in New Zealand and comments on harebells on Banks Peninsula.


The Society holds monthly evening meetings, usually on the first Monday of each month. Meetings start at 7.30 pm. We organise a speaker and follow the meeting with an informal supper and chat.

Upper Riccarton libraryClick here to open larger mapEvening meetings are held in a community meeting room at the Upper Riccarton Library, 71 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton. The meeting room is just through the main library doors (on your left). Entry to the library closes at 8 pm but you can exit after this time by pushing the green button next to the door. Parking is available in front of the library.

Information for speakers
The meeting room has a data projector (and cable) but you need to bring your own laptop or advise the meeting organiser that they need to bring one.

Field trips are usually held on the Saturday following the evening meeting. Trips in the winter months are to places closer to Christchurch and in the warmer months we take advantage of the longer daylight hours to venture further afield.

In January we have a week-long summer camp and visit places which are too far to access from Christchurch for a day trip. We book affordable accommodation and make daily excursions from this point.

In spring we often have a long weekend camp over Show Weekend in November.

Occasionally we hold workshops on specific topics.

The AGM is held on the first Saturday after Queen’s Birthday weekend. After the AGM we have a speaker, followed by a shared finger food lunch.