A community event at Para Wetland on Saturday was the perfect opportunity to celebrate World Wetlands Day, with families coming together to learn how to protect the precious habitat.
Jenny and Basil Black, of Blenheim, took their grandsons along to the "wetland wander" to show them what was in their backyard. "We wanted to bring the kids down here to teach them about the environment."
Mrs Black made her grandsons, Kristian and Josh Black, research the wetland before they visited.
Kristian said he hoped he would be able to catch a frog and get to see tui, fantails and pukeko.
He and his little brother got to plant three cabbage trees at the wetland. "It's healthy for the environment," Kristian said.
Fish & Game Nelson Marlborough manager Neil Deans said the event had been well received. He said he was excited about a recent $80,000 Environment Ministry grant they had received to control willow trees in the wetland.
"It's a long-term project that's going to take quite a few years. We are just taking it block by block."
A clean-up on the entrance to the wetlands was definitely on the cards, he said. "It's a real mess. What we want to do, subject to funding, is make a more attractive opening to the wetland."
Yesterday marked World Wetlands Day, which this year is themed "International Year of Family Farming".
- The Marlborough Express