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October 31, 2012

Nape nape scenic reserve, 21 October 2012

We spent the day visiting an old childhood haunt of mine, Nape Nape Scenic Reserve. When I was a young boy, my family used to spend our summer camping trips at this secluded coastal reserve. Back then, it had a fully functional campground and even a swimming pool, since the surf is not safe to swim in. The camp ground has since been closed due to landslip dangers and the pool has been removed.

It's still a remarkable place to visit. It's one of the few scraps of coastal native forest left in Canterbury, growing on dramatic white limestone containing fossils. Around the cliffs at the southern end of the beach are fur seals. Banded dotterels are commonly seen on the beach.

One of the highlights of our trip this time were the Corybas macranthus orchids in flower.

I've added assorted photos I took onto NatureWatchiNaturalist NZ and will add my standard bird, butterfly, mammal, and plant counts once we've finished building these features into the website.

The limestone cliffs of Nape Nape Scenic Reserve

Posted on October 31, 2012 04:22 by jon_sullivan jon_sullivan | 36 observations | 6 comments | Leave a comment

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