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New Zealand’s unique frogs are among the most endangered species in the world! They need all the help they can get so Orana Wildlife Park is partnering with Cadbury Freddo Frog to support and promote frog conservation.
“Frogs are very special animals. They breathe through their skin as well as lungs and are extremely sensitive to how clean their environment is meaning frogs are indicators of the quality of the air that we breathe. Sadly, frogs are in danger due to Chytrid Fungus, a fungal disease, and the Earth’s warming climate is thought to be one contributing factor to the increase of that disease. Frog conservation is therefore a very topical issue and the Freddo Roadshow is a unique way to get this message across” adds Atkinson-Renton.full story
Pterostylis banksii, one of our most common orchids
Wellingtonians are being asked to keep their eyes peeled for their extraordinary, diverse and often cryptic native orchids when they venture into the outdoors.
Acknowledging the Wellington region as one of New Zealand’s “orchid hotspots”, the Department of Conservation has produced a field guide identifying 72 species of wild orchids in the lower North Island.
“We want to inspire people to head out and explore the region’s parks and reserves while searching for orchids that, once found, can be left for others to enjoy,” said Department of Conservation botanist John Sawyer, who co-authored the book with Peter de Lange, one of New Zealand’s leading plant conservation scientists; photographer and botanist Jeremy Rolfe, and national orchid expert Ian St George. full Media release
Greater Wellington Regional Council, AgResearch and Wellington City Council are hosting a rural living field day in Ohariu Valley for anyone interested in developing their rural lifestyle block.
Learn about landscape design, including what to plant, where and why and you can also take home a free native plant. Find out about the biodiversity-policy project, water quality testing and weed and pest control. An agricultural vet will be on site to answer any questions and there will be fencing displays. Competitions will be held throughout the day with face painting and a bouncy castle for the kids.
The event is free and will be held, wet or fine, on:
Date Saturday 8 September
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue Craig Shepherd and Julie Sammut’s property
583 Ohariu Valley Road
Ohariu Valley, Wellington
The biodiversity-policy project has been established in the Wellington region by Greater Wellington, Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council, the University of Waikato and AgResearch. The Foundation of Research, Science and Technology is assisting with part of the funding. Over the next two years the project team is working with the people of the Ohariu and Makara catchments to provide information about water quality in the streams, how landowner activities are likely to be affecting water quality, bush regeneration and how to improve life in the catchment for the community and biodiversity.
Wetlands may be the world’s most valuable ecosystems – but they are probably also the most unloved.
Often under-appreciated as mere bogs or swamps to be drained and developed, wetlands are among the most economically and ecologically valuable ecosystems on Earth.
We need to learn to love them and look after them better if we want to preserve the rich plant and animal life they support, and sustain the range of valuable services they provide for the survival of our planet and human life. The vast majority of New Zealand’s original wetlands have already been destroyed, but there is much we can do to preserve those that remain. more