Updated 102 days ago
Periodically, the entire braidplain is covered in water from bank to bank. This vital part of a braided river's ecological processes is referred to as a ‘fresh' rather than a flood. Huge volumes of gravel are washed downstream (the entire Canterbury Plains was formed by braided rivers), and when the water recedes, new channels have formed across the braidplain... From the outset, we worked together with the Department of Conservation, Environment Canterbury, and the Waimakariri District Council to develop and implement a strategy to manage an 18km section of the river from the confluence of the Okuku River downstream to the State Highway 1 (SH1) road bridge... While dozens of bird species live along the river from hills to the estuary, our primary aim is to protect three key species: the wrybill-ngutupare (Anarhynchus frontalis) pictured at the top of this page, black-fronted tern-tarapiroe (Sterna albostriata) and the black-billed gull-tarāpuka (Larus bulleri) pictured above (a..