Black Swans on the Estuary, October 2011: Picturing Canterbury

In August 1864 the City Council's Committee on Swans decided to import black swans to help control watercress in the Avon/Otakaro River. However the swans preferred a different habitat and soon left for other areas. Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and…
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Cool stuff from the selectors: Design, birds and the never ending fascination of the Kennedys

Raptor: A Journey Through Birds Marketed as a "stunning debut", Raptor is a hymn to these magnificent birds and James Macdonald Lockhart explores all fifteen breeding birds of prey in the British Isles- from the hen harrier swimming over the land in the dregs of a May gale on Orkney, to the ghostly sparrowhawk displaying…
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There’s a kākāpō at a library near you!

You can imagine the joy at Central Manchester when a kākāpō  emerged from the returns bin. Not the real McCoy, you understand, but a beautifully sewn replica – one of several kākāpō that have been hidden around Christchurch as part of  Sayraphim Lothian’s Guerrilla Kindness for Christchurch project. Described as “a Persian cat with feathers“, the kākāpō is one…
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