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A delightful surprise in Cashmere Stream

Planting day: Saturday, October 14, Cashmere Stream, Christchurch

A delightful surprise in Cashmere Stream

Freshwater mussels have been found in a city stream, Cashmere Stream. The larvae of these New Zealand natives are dependent upon native fish such as bullies for part of their life cycle. “The tiny larvae attach themselves to native fish such as bullies, thereby enabling them to be dispersed throughout a river system. The larvae eventually drop off the host and burrow into the streambed to grow.” said Shelley McMurtrie, environmental scientist with EOS Ecology.

The planting day on October 14, hosted by Cashmere Stream Care group, will help to improve the habitat for both the mussels and the bullies. It is not recommended that the mussels be eaten because they are rare, the water quality they grow in is poor and the aim is to encourage the population to increase.

People are invited to plant a few trees that will aid in restoring Cashmere stream to its former glory, reduce the silt getting into the stream and improve water quality for the mussels and bullies.

The planting day begins at 11:00 am, October 14, and will finish with a free BBQ at 12:30pm.

Interested in learning more about the stream and the life that is in it? Community members involved in caring for their stream along with staff from EOS Ecology, Christchurch City Council and ECan will be on hand to answer your questions.

The planting site is in Holbrook Way, Westmorland. It will be signposted from the corner of Cashmere Road and Penruddock Rise on the day.

Bring your own gloves, spades, appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear and please leave your dogs at home.

If bad weather forces a cancellation, move this date forward in your calendar to Saturday, October 21.

Cashmere Stream Care Group is made up of volunteer community members, staff from Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council and EOS Ecology.

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