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Gil Roper

If you've ever wanted to know about Tawa - the tree or the suburb - Gil Roper is your man.

Nearly 50 years after the botanist finished a thesis on the native tree, he has now published "a much more readable" book about all things Tawa.

From uses of the wood, to how the suburb got its name, to the recent arrival of a long-absent native bird, the book covers it all and took nearly two years to write.

The return of birdlife to the area that excites the botanist the most. Recently  a pair of kaka were spotted in a Tawa reserve.

Gil's book includes research that show at least six bird species had returned in the past five years. He will show you how to identify and get to know the needs of the flora and fauna in the area.

5 Tuesday nights - Starts on 12 February from 7-9pm

Five evening sessions that cover the Tawa bush reserves, identifying trees and birds present – some history and botany and bird observations. Two of these five sessions will be early evening walks in selected reserves. This course is designed for people who have no previous knowledge of these, but also those who wish to extend their existing knowledge.

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