Wetland restoration

The WCMG is preparing a community planting day on the 4th of May on one of Taharoa’s wetland and all volunteers are welcome to come and help. Located on the back of Sue O’Brien’s garden, this wetland will be enhanced with the addition of 5000 plants.

A long reach digger was recently brought in to dig a few holes in the wetland in order to create an open water space. This will be important for our local biodiversity but our biggest hope is to attract birds. This wetland has been taken over by a native weed Isolepia that smothers the swamp. This new open water area should give other species the opportunity to grow and thrive again. Open water will also be extremely attrctive to ducks. These wetlands are a eel nursery for the Whangawehi river. We are particularly hoping that the rare bittern will be attracted by this enhancement work.

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