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World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2014

A day’s celebration of Christchurch’s regenerating wetlands

To celebrate the regeneration of wetlands in Christchurch on Sunday 2 February 2014, we are running an all-day coach trip with guided walking tours of Styx Mill Conservation Reserve, Horseshoe Lake, Travis Wetland, Charlesworth Reserve and South Brighton Reserve.

This event is jointly organised by Avon-Otakaro Network, Styx Living Laboratory Trust, Travis Wetland Trust, South Brighton Residents Assoc, Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust and CCC Park Ranger Service.

You can come along for the whole day and travel via coach (about 20km will be walked over the course of the day) or join us for part of the day on one of the walks. Bring your own morning and afternoon tea - a BBQ lunch will be provided at midday.

Programme:

9:10am Coach departs from Shirley Intermediate School, North Parade

9:30am Tour of Styx Mill Conservation Reserve meet car park, Styx Mill Road. 4-5km walk.

10:30am Morning Tea beside the lake

11:10am Coach departs

11:30am Horseshoe Lake – short excursion around the lake and red zone. 1km walk.

12:30pm Coach arrives Travis Wetland Education Centre, Beach Road for BBQ lunch

1:30pm Tour of Travis Wetlands from Education Centre. 4-5km walk

2:45pm Afternoon Tea

3:10pm Coach departs for journey past Bexley Wetlands to Charlesworth Reserve 

3:30pm Tour of Charlesworth Reserve and work of volunteers. 2km walk

4:15pm Coach departs from Charlesworth Reserve

4:30pm Walk South Brighton Reserve from Estuary Road/Ebbtide Street. 3-4km walk 

5:30pm Coach departs for Shirley Intermediate School from Bridge St

Cost $20 per person for the whole day

Or $5 per person if only joining us at Travis Wetland for the BBQ

To register on-line and find out details of how to pay click here

Please dress appropriately [The event will continue even if wet].

Be quick – places are limited.

World Wetlands Day

2 February each year is World Wetlands Day, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. 

The Convention's mission is "the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world".

The wise use of wetlands is defined here as "the maintenance of their ecological character, achieved through the implementation of ecosystem approaches, within the context of sustainable development". 

To learn more about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands click here.

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