29.01.22 LET'S CELEBRATE WORLD WETLANDS DAY AT DEVIL'S BRIDGE WETLAND

Updated: Jan 25

Celebrate World Wetlands Day and join us for a guided walk along Devil’s Bridge Wetland (just outside of Oamaru). Along the way our speakers will tell you more about the history and management of the wetland, the flora, fauna, geology, protection and future plans.


When? Saturday 29 January 2022, meet at 10.30am

Where? Devils Bridge Road (9.5km from Oamaru's town centre)


We are lucky to have a range of experts joining us:

  • Landowner Aaron Meikle & Co-founder Barry Wilson

  • Sasha Morriss (Geoeducator, Waitaki Whitestone Geopark)

  • Rob Smith (Regional Representative for North Otago and South Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust)

  • Mark Webb (Fish and Game Officer, Central South Island Fish & Game Council)

  • Max Crowe (Biodiversity Advisor, Waitaki District Council)

Allow 2 hours. Free. All welcome. No dogs.


Brought to you by the proud landowner, Co-founder & Waitaki Whitestone Geopark, QEII National Trust, Fish & Game and Waitaki District Council.


Due to Covid-19 rules, please register at: https://www.whitestonegeopark.nz/devils-bridge-wetland

Under the Red Traffic Light rules, events are now only allowed if Vaccine Passes are used, with up to 100 people. We have made the decision to go ahead with the planned event on Saturday, however are now requiring everyone that joins us to present their Vaccine Pass on arrival. Face coverings are encouraged, however not required. Please register to secure your spot, we might have to turn people away on the day if the limit is reached.


 

About Devil’s Bridge Wetland

This man-made wetland was established in 1995 by a local farmer and supporters.

Previously farmland that had a history of flooding, this group set about planning and developing an area that would attract wildlife and be open to the public.


The wetland developed following the construction of a weir at the southern end of the natural waterway. This weir allows to hold a permanent body of water and the natural flow of the creek to continue. Above the weir sits a cage to hinder debris build up. The creek is known as the Oamaru Creek and flows through the Oamaru Public Gardens towards the sea.


Volunteers constructed a walking track around the shores of the wetland, and masses of native plants were established. Today the wetland has its own special ecosystem and individuals and schools visit to experience the landscape, wildlife and flora.


To get to Devil’s Bridge Wetland, turn into Eden St in Oamaru and follow for 3km. Turn left into Homestead Rd and then right into Devils Bridge Rd. Follow the road for about 4.5km and the wetlands will appear to your right.

Parking will be available at the northern end of the wetlands (follow signs and flags on the day). As the parking bays are very small, a neighbouring landowner has agreed to open up a paddock so everyone can park safely.

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