Waituna Gravel Pit Reveals Great Diversity.
A disused gravel pit on the way to Waituna Lagoon is about to change it’s looks. From being a gorse infested area, which people were inclined to use as a rubbish dump, a combined effort by the Waituna Landcare Group and AWAG (Awarua/Waituna Advisory Group) will see this area transformed over the next few years. Already a visit by the Gorge Road School pupils helped to remove rubbish and weeds from the area and DoC staff have made a great start at getting the gorse under control. A botanical survey by DoC botanist, Brian Rance, revealed 50 native plant species had already recolonised the area. As well, during the tidy up the native common skink was found to be residing there. So watch this developing natural wetland as it gets a helping hand.
Posted on: Wednesday, 19 August 2009