Opportunity to Discover Wetlands

(Published on 15th February 2017)

The local community turned out to enjoy the sunshine at last weekend's family friendly Wetland Discovery Day held at Waikato's Lake Rotopiko. The event organised by the National Wetland Trust and supported by NZ Landcare Trust provided a platform to launch the new Wetland Discovery Trail, as well as mark World Wetland Day.

National Wetland Trust Executive Officer Karen Denyer estimated that over 400 people attended through the course of the day.

“It was great to see so many kids interacting with our discovery trail activities and learning about wetland creatures. We look forward to seeing more visitors come and enjoy all the features this lovely peat lake site has to offer,” Karen added.

NZ Landcare Trust staff were on hand to highlight the valuable work taking place on the Rotopiko Catchment Community Pest Control Project. NZ Landcare Trust Project Coordinator Melinda Dresser said this exciting three year project has seen the establishment of a community group focussed on predator control in the wetland reserve outside a pest-free wetland sanctuary.

"The aim is to improve the habitat for rare wetland species. This becomes particularly important as their numbers increase and they start to migrate beyond the boundaries of the pest-free area," Melinda continued.

The event also provided an ideal stage to highlight the release of a new Maori focussed cultural wetland handbook.  'Te Reo o Te Repo: The Voice of the Wetland' is the culmination of several years of research partnership between the Waikato Raupatu River Trust and Landcare Research. The new resource was designed by NZ Landcare Trust, with the material written by Māori researchers as well as scientists who work with iwi and hapū partners.

NZ Landcare Trust has been actively working with farmers, landowners and community groups on Waikato peat lake projects for many years. The Trust is proud of it's 20 year record of successfully engaging with rural communities all around the country, and helping to introduce sustainable land and water management practices.


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