Our first event was a Wintering Field Day in June, where over 50 people visited two farms with different wintering systems. The first farm had a focus on a block feeding kale system, buffer zones and a sediment trap, and the second was a generational wintering barn system. We talked about how to manage environmental risks around wintering, and learnt some top tips for fencing and portable watering troughs.
In June the group also took part in a nationwide eDNA (environmental DNA) water quality monitoring programme (along with the other Southland Catchment Groups), to provide valuable information on the plants and animals found in and around New Zealand’s waterways. Their sample was taken from the Waianiwa Stream.
2021 and 2022 saw the group take a strong role in an Oreti Catchment Group English as a Second Language in Southland Project, to scope and better understand how to support the adoption of good wintering practice in Southland when English is a second language for farm workers. They worked with Mid Oreti and Waihopai Catchment Groups and the two page project summary sheet can be found here: International Farming Communities Project Page
These Catchment Groups will continue to work with their international farming communities and local stakeholders and agencies to find ways to develop and support the continued update of Good Management Practices on farms across Southland, and builder stronger, more diverse Farm Teams and Community Catchment Groups.
On the 20th July 2022 they had their first community meeting with a Know Your Catchment Issues & Actions Workshop. It was all about bringing locals together to get their Catchment Group off to a great start by better understand their catchment, identifying any issues, and figuring out their next steps as a group. They worked closely with local Environmental Consultancy Land & Water Science, who created a short easy to read handout on their Catchment Group area (which you can find by clicking the button below - Understanding Lower Oreti Catchment Summary) along with a 30 minute video with extra information - click this link: Lower Oreti Understanding Our Catchment Video or watch in the video window below.