BSO Fungal Foray to Waikaia Forest

Friday 21st of May 2021, 05:00 PM (1 month from now)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 54750

Waikaia Forest at Piano Flat is an isolated remnant of the mixed beech forests (red beech - Nothofagus fusca, mountain beech - Nothofagus cliffortioides and silver beech – Nothofagus menziesii) that once covered much of the area. The area supports a unique invertebrate fauna with several rare species being found there. Beech trees are dependent on various mycorrhizal fungi for their survival and growth. We plan to look at the fungal diversity of this forest in conjunction with Assoc. Prof. David Orlovich of the Otago University Botany Department as part of his ongoing research. David is planning to go earlier in the week to do some collecting. The BSO foray will take place on the morning of Saturday 22nd and will be followed by a workshop at a base in Waikaia township where we will examine and identify any specimens collected. It is suggested that anyone wishing to participate travel down on Friday evening so they can get an early start on Saturday morning. People can either travel back on Saturday evening or on Sunday. Accommodation is available at the DOC Campsite at Piano Flat or the Waikaia Motor Camp. For further details and to arrange carpooling contact David Orlovich (david.orlovich@otago.ac.nz) or David Lyttle (djl1yttle@gmail.com).