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Braided Rivers Seminar

June 29 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm



Thursday 29 June 2017

Lincoln Events Centre (15 Meijer Dr. Lincoln)
8.30am – 5.30pm Thursday 29 June 2017

Eventbrite - Braided Rivers Seminar 2017

“On the plains, virtually all we see above-ground today has been introduced in the last 200 years. Only the braided rivers still retain a reasonable component of their original indigenous ecosystems. The most obvious component of that is a range of bird species – the majority of which are threatened.”


This seminar carries on from historic workshops held at Environment Canterbury and a TAG (Technical Advisory Group) workshop with a wider focus on braided river birds. A subsequent workshop, hosted by the Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group, resulted in the creation of BRaid in 2006. The previous workshop in 2016 expanded this initial focus (all of the presentations at this workshop are online; please click the link).

The workshop format has evolved into a seminar. Please register early for your free ticket, as the previous workshop was booked out and waitlisted. If you wish to give a presentation, please see here for more information.


This list is updated as submissions come in. The length and order of the presentations will be determined closer to June.

Speaker Topic
Dr Jo Hoyle The effects of vegetation/weeds on braided rivers
Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann Habitat creation on the Lower Waitaki River
Shannon Gilmore Predator control and monitoring (nocturnal activity of mammalian pests)
Grant Norbury Preliminary results from using unrewarding prey stimuli to reduce predator impacts
Dean Nelson/Twizel DOC Update on the kakī recovery programme
Natalie Forsdick Genome analysis of hybridisation between Kakī (Black Stilt) and Poaka (Pied Stilt)
Dean Nelson/Twizel DOC Outcome monitoring for the Tasman River predator Control programme
Dean Nelson/Twizel DOC Advances in developing techniques for black-backed gull control
Kevin Fraley Flood-proneness, flow, and land cover impact on fish communities in different tributaries of the Waimakariri River
TBA Climate change on braided rivers : impacts and strategies
Courtney Hamblin The use of social attractants as a management tool for black-fronted terns
Claudia Mischler The national black billed gull census
Jim Jolly Upper Waimakariri River surveys indicate stable numbers over time
Jim Jolly Braided river bird populations: comparison between rivers
Ailsa Howard Banded dotterels on South Bay, Kaikoura
Jennifer Schori Impact of introduced mammalian predators on population trends of Robust grasshoppers, and captive rearing programme
Nick Ledgard & Grant Davey Weed invasion of the Ashley-Rakahuri River: implications for endemic birds
Nick Ledgard & Grant Davey
Gulls on a farm – colony of black-billed gulls successfully nesting in a paddock on a dairy farm
Sonny Whitelaw BRaid’s 2016 projects and outcomes
Dr Richard Maloney Opportunities and priorities for future braided river conservation


Nick Ledgard
03 3128799
nick.ledgard (at)


Lincoln Events Centre
15 Meijer Drive
Lincoln, Canterbury 7608 New Zealand
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