Story: Farming and the environment

Farm wetlands

Farm wetlands

It is becoming more popular to keep some parts of a farm as wetland areas. These areas filter out nutrients in run-off water and act as a sponge, retaining water in dry weather. Wetlands should be fenced to keep out grazing stock, but may be used to provide extra feed in prolonged dry weather. They are often planted with native shrubs and trees.

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Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - Effects on soil and water', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, published 24 Nov 2008