Stream-side planting to help snails

Last updated 12:00 18/08/2014
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GREEN THUMBS: Volunteers Ria Iopu, Katarina Roa & Fiona Donald help out at Kahuterawa bush reserve.

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The start of a 10-year partnership to improve a part of Manawatu, home to endangered carnivorous land snails, began at the weekend.

Volunteers joined people from Horizons Regional Council, Massey University and the New Zealand Defence Force at the Kahuterawa Bush Reserve on Saturday morning to take part in a planting scheme near the Kahuterawa Stream. The stream-side planting is part of the Lower Kahuterawa Biodiversity Project, which will see about 3000 native plants planted there.

Horizons environmental management officer Neil Mickleson said the work was to help restore the natural environment and habitat.

"It's part of a 10-year programme that includes scientific studies around stream management and specific studies around restoration planting that will provide some seriously important information for future work."

Staff from Massey University had been involved in providing expertise about what to plant in the area, he said.

The Kahuterawa Stream was a significant site for rare and threatened native fish, including the banded kokopu, giant kokopu, short jaw kokopu, koaro and red-finned bully.

The surrounding area was also home to the endangered carnivorous land snail and numerous native bird species, Mickleson said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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