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Reply #60 - Sep 7th, 2015 at 7:50am
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Great news. Just so happens Alan Hammond posted some thoughts on pond design this week on our Facebook page.  Might be worth a read. 
  
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Reply #61 - Sep 7th, 2015 at 8:04am
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Yeah, Im following your page for inspiration. Cheers. One of the things Ive been experimenting with over the last year is taking shallow scrapes out of the sandy country close to the river where there is a seep of some sort. They dry up in summer and fill over winter. So far they are very very popular and successful with the ducks.
  
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Reply #62 - Sep 7th, 2015 at 6:17pm
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Everybody needs a place like that.
  
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Reply #63 - Sep 8th, 2015 at 1:15am
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Yeah, Im following your page for inspiration. Cheers. One of the things Ive been experimenting with over the last year is taking shallow scrapes out of the sandy country close to the river where there is a seep of some sort. They dry up in summer and fill over winter. So far they are very very popular and successful with the ducks.


I have done similar shanks in boggy areas where they are more meant to act as sediment traps but ducks use them to feed on as there is lots of overhanging carex and willow weed and breed on them also.  I saw ducklings on one today.
  

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Reply #64 - Sep 8th, 2015 at 7:12pm
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Thats cool BE, mine are too new yet, they dont have the established cover for breeding, but the ducks are sure using them to feed. It will be a highlight for sure when I do see the first clutches.
  
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Reply #65 - Sep 9th, 2015 at 10:58pm
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Yeah cover makes a big difference.  I don't see any mallard ducklings on mystock drinking ponds which have no cover-plenty of parries though.

It has been a revelation how many more ducklings are around on newly fenced or freshly created ponds once a bit of fringing cover appears or is planted.  Predator control and a bit of rough nesting cover around helps but we had that before and still not the ducklings produced.
  

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Reply #66 - Sep 12th, 2015 at 7:36pm
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It has been a brilliant few days. First the funding, now some freebies.

There is I believe a lesson in this for landowners. If you share your place with others and are willing to provide for resources that they may value, then good things happen that can improve your farm.

So firstly I got a call to say there was 900 trees free and  waiting to be picked up from Auckland. I was up there like a rocket with the ute.



I had to double stack them, but I got the lot on.

Then when I got home I found a package sitting on my floor and a pile of eighty flax bushes sitting by my shed. Santa had been while I was away. Or at least an avid and generous forum reader anyway.



All up some 4000 dollars worth of donations to the project.... and beyond. I have so many trees now, that this week I am going to start new projects that were intended for next year.

As I said, a lesson. This kind of thing doesn't happen unless you give something in return, and what you give doesn't have to cost more than allowing people to use your land in a controlled manor.
  
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Reply #67 - Sep 13th, 2015 at 10:54pm
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That's awesome news shanks...   Cool very cool.. I love ake akes and flaxs planted together... The colours look great.  Primo stuff on the traps as well. Good on those donators.
  

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Reply #68 - Sep 14th, 2015 at 8:42am
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900 trees, GN Traps and flax...holy smoke!
  
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Reply #69 - Sep 14th, 2015 at 7:29pm
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Reply #70 - Oct 31st, 2015 at 8:33pm
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Cranking along nicely,  an inspiration, well done all those involved.
  
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Reply #71 - Jan 27th, 2016 at 8:50am
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Since Shanks disappeared into the interweb wilderness he has passed on the updating of the thread to me.

Nearly a year after the initial post we have reached a big day tomorrow.

The resource consent is being lodged.



  
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Reply #72 - Jan 27th, 2016 at 8:55am
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.Resource consents all ready to be lodged tomorrow.
50 pages of beuracracy and an initial thousand dollar downpayment to do something positive for the environment. Its a sucky system! but one I must work through. I must say that if I didnt have experienced help with this, it would not have got done.
  
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Reply #73 - Jan 27th, 2016 at 5:17pm
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mick hunter wrote on Jan 27th, 2016 at 8:55am:
.Resource consents all ready to be lodged tomorrow.
50 pages of beuracracy and an initial thousand dollar downpayment to do something positive for the environment. Its a sucky system! but one I must work through. I must say that if I didnt have experienced help with this, it would not have got done.


What would you rather have? A system where John Keys mates can do what ever they want in and around water ways?

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Reply #74 - Jan 28th, 2016 at 7:06am
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Well wish Shanks well for us all will you mick hunter.
Really hope it all comes out of the system with GRANTED on it
  
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