Biodiversity & Freshwater monitoring

Aquatic Life
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Healthy Ecosystems
Physical Habitat
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Water Quality
Biodiversity and freshwater monitoring helps landowners and local community understand their surrounding natural environment and the state of the health of their local ecosystems.

It allows us to track changes over time and understand how changes in land use and land management affect the surrounding landscape. Monitoring the health and status of your local ecosystems provides data to make informed decisions to protect and enhance biodiversity and waterways within our catchment.

WAI Wānaka have developed a biodiversity and freshwater monitoring package supporting landowners in monitoring and understanding biodiversity on their farm. This package includes:

Biodiversity Monitoring:

  • Visual soil assessments
  • Vegetation photo points
  • Bird monitoring
    (including cacophony recording and visual bird counts)

Freshwater Monitoring:

Over the last two years we have undertaken biodiversity monitoring on 29 different farms throughout the catchment. Landowners have used this information to inform land management changes and in farm planning.

Why are both aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity important?

Aquatic life can be an excellent indicator of the long term health of your waterways. While nutrient tests can tell you about your water at any given moment in time, the macroinvertebrates, fish and plant life present give a better understanding of long term health. Terrestrial biodiversity, both plants and animals, adds to production values, eco-system health and can be used to monitor effectiveness of programmes in pest control and revegetation. Recognition of aquatic and terrestrial threatened species and understanding their habitat and behaviour can help them survive and thrive on your property.