“A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem” – Wikipedia
Here are some useful links for those looking to restore wetland areas on their own property.
Wetland Restoration handbook – http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/books/wetlands-handbook
2. Auckland Council wetland planting guides – http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/environmentwaste/biodiversity/pages/wetlands.aspx
3. Auckland Council GIS Viewer – This is a great tool similar to google earth – http://maps.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/aucklandcouncilviewer/
4. Auckalnd Council pest plant search tool – ID and control advise – http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/environmentwaste/biosecurity/pages/controllingpestplants.aspx
5. LUCID plant keys – Plant identification – http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/identification/plants/weeds-key
6. New Zealand Plant Conservation Network – confirm you have correctly identified your plant – http://nzpcn.org.nz/
7. Wetland Restoration Template – use this to create your own wetland restoration plan – http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Environment/Natural-resources/Water/Freshwater-wetlands/Restoring-a-wetland/Create-your-own-wetland-plan/
8. Weedbusters – the best weapons for each weed – http://www.weedbusters.org.nz/
9. WETMAK – how to monitor your wetland – http://www.landcare.org.nz/wetmak
What is a Weed?
“A weed is a plant growing where it is not wanted and causing a negative impact.” – The Weed Control Handbook
Why manage your weeds?
Some plants introduced into New Zealand have adapted well to their new environment, so well that they often outgrow our native species. Smaller ground cover weeds such as tradescantia (wandering jew) blanket the bush floor preventing the growth of native seedlings. Vines and climbing weeds such as Chinese Honeysuckle, Cape Ivy and Blue Morning Glory grow towards the light so will wrap around anything in sight to get above it. When left vines cause major damage in our native forests, taking down the larger canopy trees. They also strangle smaller trees and shrubs slowing their growth or killing them. Most weeds grow faster than natives making it harder for them to establish.
Nearly all weeds start out as ornamental garden plants. However a lot have escaped the pot and have journeyed into our native forests, wetlands, beaches in fact all our natural areas. They strangle ecosystems & ruin habitats for our native plant, bird and animal species.
Removing & disposing of your weeds
Depending on the type of weeds you are tackling will depend on the method of removal. It is best to do your research and books such as The Weed Control Handbook by Weedbusters NZ is a great resource. We have some copies to loan, contact us if you would like a copy.
Once you have worked out the best way of removing your weeds you will need to dispose of them correctly. We have some large weeds bags available that are designed to let air and moisture in and out, but not any plant material. Contact us for more info.
Auckland Council pest plant search tool – ID and control advise – http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/environmentwaste/biosecurity/pages/controllingpestplants.aspx
LUCID plant keys – Plant identification – http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/identification/plants/weeds-key
New Zealand Plant Conservation Network – confirm you have correctly identified your plant – http://nzpcn.org.nz/
Weedbusters – the best weapons for each weed – http://www.weedbusters.org.nz/
Weedfree Waiheke – http://www.weedfreewaiheke.org.nz/#!links/c1yng
We have several copies of The Weed Control Handbook by Weedbusters NZ available for loan. Contact us to grab yourself a copy!
The Waiheke Resources Trust is very excited to have partnered with the Waiheke Local Board with our latest project ‘Love our Wetlands – Waiheke.’ This is a community conservation project working to restore Waiheke Wetlands, starting with Rangihoua. We are managing weed removal & planting, through to tree releasing once the smaller trees are established. To learn more about the project visit our page!
Funding for Private Land Owners
There are a few options for private landowners to source funding to protect and restore natural areas on their properties. Here are some links for funders that could help you should you wish to protect the biodiversity on your property for future generations.
Biodiversity Condition and Advice Fund – http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/page.aspx?nzpcn_funding
QEll National Fund – http://www.openspace.org.nz/Site/About_covenanting/default.aspx
Nature Heritage Fund – http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/funding/nature-heritage-fund/guidelines-for-applicants/