Story: Wetlands

Sinclair wetlands

The Sinclair wetlands are part of a 2,000-hectare wetland connecting lakes Waihola and Waipori on the Taieri Plain, 40 kilometres south of Dunedin. In 1960 Horrie Sinclair purchased a run-down farm between the two lakes and reverted it to its original wetland condition. The Sinclair wetland now consists of ponds, water channels, swamplands and a couple of scrub-covered islands. Over 60 species of bird live in or regularly visit the wetland. It is now privately owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and protected by a Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Open Space Covenant. It has a visitor centre and walking tracks.

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Peter Johnson, 'Wetlands - Wetland wildlife', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/14352/sinclair-wetlands (accessed 8 July 2020)

Story by Peter Johnson, published 24 Sep 2007