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SBN Wetland Bus Tour

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Date: Sunday 8 November 2009


SBN is pleased to announce networking event with host > NATIONAL WETLAND TRUST ...
All about the event...

The National Wetland Trust is a registered charity that aims to increase the awareness of the values of wetlands and their management needs. Their projects include creating wetland trails and building a national wetland education centre.

Confirmed Activities and talks for this tour >

Lake Serpentine complex is a series of peat lakes with plantings and a trial peat bog this is the proposed site of the National Wetland Centre.

1. Kayaking

2. Kahikatea forest ramble

3. Planting/ helping with research in peat bog trial

4. Brainstorm on wetland centre interpretation activities

5. Talks on DoC pest fish management

6. Talks on our plans to build a national wetland centre.

Lunch is at the Boat Shed café where you can view the setting for the 2010 Rowing Champs.
Mission:To increase awareness of the values of wetlands through a National Wetland Education Centre to be built in the Waikato.
Come Join us on this tour and see how important this is to the Waikato region for businesses and all New Zealanders.

Meet: Wintec car park corner Collingwood and Tristram Street (Wintec have kindly waivered the normal parking fees)

Time: 9am – approx 2pm
Cost: $30 pp includes coach & lunch - Subsidised thanks to our host!

Seats are Limited register early!!
RSVP: Waikato@sustainable.org.nz by 4 November 2009

More on wetlands...
Wetlands support a very large number of plants and animals in New Zealand many of these are found nowhere else in the world, which makes them highly unusual and valuable. Birds and animals found in wetlands include fernbirds, brown teal, scaup, shoveler, mudfish, eels, dragonflies and damselflies, while plants include cabbage trees, flax, sedges and various orchids. Although wetlands now cover less than 2% of New Zealand land area, they are home to 22% of our bird species, and 30% of our native freshwater fish. Wetlands also contribute to our economy, providing a wide range of ecosystem services including flood water storage, water filtration, carbon sequestration, tourism destinations, and provision of cultural, recreation and commercial resources such as eels and waterfowl. Many of these values go largely unrecognised, and despite being one of our most depleted ecosystem types, wetlands continue to disappear from our landscape.



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