SOCIAL CLIMBERS TRIP – Thursday 17 October 2019
Destination: Motueka Spit - Welcome home the Godwits
Meet: 9.30 am, Richmond Aquatic Centre (to
organise car pooling)
This walk provides a unique opportunity to see the amazing Godwits, Red Knots on their incredible migration from Alaska back to NZ.
The walk starts at Raumanuka Reserve and Motueka Sandspit carpark located at
the end of Staples St. off Motueka High Street. There is a Toilet in the carpark. (see picture below)
The walk is an internationally renowned site for migrant shorebirds especially the Godwits and Red Knots, Oyster catchers and other wading
sea birds which will be gathered on the small amount of Spit above the high tide. The spit is a haven for thousands of birds roosting and breeding on the sandspit over summer.
We walk on flat and at times soft sand for approximately 3 km. each way -
a total of 3 hours. Bring binoculars and zoom lens for viewing and capturing the birds. Warm clothes may be necessary if cold weather/winds are likely.
Richard Blunt is our trip organiser/leader and he will be ably assisted by our resident
bird expert Rebecca Bowater.
Lunch is planned for Toad Hall Cafe on the roundabout on the main highway to Nelson after the walk for those wishing to attend. Please confirm numbers so we may advise Toad Hall in advance.