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October Valley Voice Kids' Corner solution
1st October 2022
Here is the solution to the October Valley Voice Kids' Corner Bird Code Cracker! How did you get on?
Exciting Forest Explorations
3rd May 2022
In April we teamed up with Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and together with Ōpoho School explored Blacks Bush. It's home to Ōpoho Creek that winds its way down Signal Hill. With the fearless explorers, we investigated the creek, the plant species, and the predator monitoring (tracking) and trapping programmes as part of Predator Free Dunedin’s City Sanctuary project. Read the reports below from children who enjoyed visiting Blacks Bush.
Cooking on a Budget Tips from Rebecca
20th April 2022
Cooking on a budget Welcome back, today we have some tips on how to reduce waste while cooking on a budget. Get comfortable and confident making some basic meals - from there you can start to add or replace ingredients to change things up and keep your meals cheap but interesting. Sauces, spices and herbs are going to be your best friends - they can take meals you're starting to get sick of and make them different. It is really great to get used to using canned and shelf stable ingredients in your cooking - the less perishable things …
Zero Waste in the Kitchen and Fridge Tips from Rebecca
13th April 2022
YOUR NEW BESTIE, REBECCA! Community advocate and waste minimalist, Rebecca Harris, is set to bring you a number of helpful videos around waste reduction and budget cooking, much like her freezer tips recording featured last month. Keep a look out for Rebecca on our Facebook and on our YouTube channel as well as on the blog here this month. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience to impart in the name of food resiliency! Find her first video on Zero Waste in the kitchen and fridge below! Zero waste in the kitchen and fridge A waste reduction video …
Preserving - Waste Reducing Tips from Rebecca
6th April 2022
Preserving - reducing waste Rebecca is back with another video on reducing waste - this time she'll be talking about how to tie this into another thing we've been talking about a lot - preserving! It's harvest season so here are some reduced waste ideas for preserves. People think of preserves as jams and chutneys but you can preserve things by drying, freezing and lots of other ways. For example, hanging herbs to dry and then turning them into tea. A great way to find the raw ingredients for preserving without spending money is to join your local community …
Let's have a chat about Tracking Tunnels!
4th April 2022
Since we no longer have tracking tunnels available in the Trap Library, how about making your own? Check out the Kids’ Corner activity in the April issue of the Valley Voice or read below for some more ideas for how to make your own tracking tunnel! But first, I was really interested to discover the development of tracking tunnels and how and why we use them. A brief look into the past... I found the DOC Inventory and monitoring toolbox, which mentioned that tracking tunnels were first described by Carolyn King and R. Edgar, published in 1977 from their …
5th March 2022
Community Creek Consultation Last month, we gathered as a small group as part of our Community Creek Consultation. We discussed the visions we have and how we can connect with Lindsay Creek Creek in the future. We are currently collating the information from the preliminary creek survey and community consultation and feed this into a River Regeneration Plan. A huge thank you to everyone who filled in the Preliminary Creek Consultation Survey and came along to the Community Creek Consultation evening. Chingford Park has been a buzz with Working Bees Walking into the Riparian Rhapsody in Chingford Park felt …
Lizards lounging in the summer sun
5th February 2022
With long days that always seem to stretch on for hours and hours, I’m often reminded of the wildlife that will be delightfully relishing the warmer temperatures of the summer sun. I’ve mentioned lizards a few times within this blog, but I haven’t delved too much into the different types or species of lizards that we might find around Dunedin. First, I had to understand the difference between the two different types of lizards - geckos and skinks. Geckos and skinks are both lizards, but there are some physical features that make it easier to tell them apart. Geckos …