|Welcome to Le Roys Bush - a beautiful complex of reserves with streams and walkways running from Highbury down to Little Shoal Bay beach.
- This website is for people who enjoy walking through the bush and want to learn more about it.
- Or who would like to help keep it beautiful and free of pest plants.
Want to learn more? Read on below!
- Calendar of events - Next working bees
- Plant care - Little Shoal Bay - 10 to noon, Sunday 24 May 2015
- New Rat Control programme - April/May 2015
- Click here for more details
- Weed of the Month - pampas grass
With April comes the flowering heads of pampas grass. Volunteers have been removing this nuisance from Little Shoal Bay wetland for over 20 years. Please help us get rid of it by removing or reporting any plants you see round Little Shoal Bay. Click here for more info.
- New Regional Pest Management Plan - consultation in July-August 2015The Auckland Council will be consulting on the new Regional Pest Management Strategy in July/August 2015. If you'd like to help make submissions that will help to reduce the impact of pest plants such as moth plant, blue morning glory, pampas grass, climbing asparagus and others, we'd like to hear from you. Please email us at LeRoysBush@gmail.com
- STAMP out moth plant & other items
Click here for advance notice of items from our next newsletter
- High tide at Little Shoal Bay
In case you didn't catch the high tides at Little Shoal Bay round 23 March here's some photos showing the effect of increased high tides at Little Shoal Bay. Do you think that mangroves are increasing in the wetland? What are your thoughts about this?
- News 18 Feb 2015: Work progressing on new Highbury Walkway connection;
see video of leaping kokopu on LeRoysBush Facebook site
- Track condition - jogger injured on broken board - watch your step!
- Thanks to Auckland Council EIF fund for 2015 grant
- We are delighted to hear that the EIF is supporting us again in 2015
- Many thanks to Auckland Council, the Kaipatiki Local Board and the Council's Parks, Biosecurity and other departments that assist us
- This will allow us to supplement the wonderful work undertaken by volunteers with professional help controlling the pest plants that continually threaten to re-invade the wetland and surrounding bush. You may see our contractor working in the wetland during December and again next year.
- Sewage pollution caused by poor grease trap management in Highbury eateries polluted the stream from Highbury down to Little Shoal Bay on the weekend of 23 November. For more details click here
- Impact of sea level rises: you'll have noticed that the grassed areas at the bottom of Maritime Tce are dying off. Not only is the grass dying off but so are some weeds and some native plants. Our contractor, EcoScience, reports:
- It appears that the Gorse has all died along with most of the manuka and karamu trees.
The island is now largely covered in salt-tolerant herbaceous plants. Even a 3 metre pohutukawa has died, and they are quite salt-tolerant.
I have noticed many other recent salt-tolerant recruits: small bushes of karo and Plagianthus scattered around. ...
My opinion was strongly reinforced when I found a small area on Rod’s Island which was elevated higher than the rest by about 100mm.
On this little plateau there were about one dozen small healthy Gorse plants, now the only Gorse on the island.
[About two years ago Steve reported the death of karamu around the wetland.] However, I have now realised the death of those Coprosma was more likely an earlier manifestation of a constantly rising average sea level. This effect is still in operation along there and is slow but relentless, with wetland edge karamu being slowly eliminated due to increasing soil salinity.
The decline of karamu is being matched by a dramatic increase in density of the more salt-tolerant karo.
- At the Bat Walk on 21 November, a local resident told the story that his father used to sail his P Class in the 1950s across from Herne Bay and then drift with the tide up the estuary as far as where the Glade Place bridge now is.
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The LRB Management Committee gratefully acknowledges support from the Auckland Council : a grant from the EIF fund towards weed control, the Parks Department and Biosecurity Services and from the Kaipatiki Local Board