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Guest: Colin Meurk, botanist

360 trail around Christchurch

Affectionately known as The Meurky Walk in honour of its inventor, The Christchurch 360 Trail is approximately 135 km long and encircles the city of Christchurch.  The trail highlights the diverse ecology, from marshes and wetlands to dry savannah ecosystems, from verdant bush remnants to the exposed open hilltops of the Crater Rim. There are nearly 100 types of native birds and at least 400 wild native vascular plants in the greater Christchurch area.There are items of historical and cultural interest, layers of Maori history and two centuries of colonial to post-modern architecture. There are restored wetlands, preserved coastal dunes, river stopbanks topped with walkways, a braided river bed – home to rare birds, craggy cliffs support hot rock ferns and natural hedges, saltmarsh reed-beds, clear spring-fed streams slip through the suburbs, native orchids hide in pine woods and kahikatea tower skywards within an inner city forest.
Colin Meurk is among many other things –

•Founding member & President – Travis Wetland Trust
•Trustee – Otamahua-Quail Island Restoration Trust
•Leader of Forest & Bird sponsored “Meurky Walks” (award-winning CHCH Perimeter Walkway)
•Designer, Heathcote Sesquicentennial & Millennium Heritage Planting projects

Supper: Nadine Campbell and Carolyn Collins