Your walk through Travis Wetland today will take you back to the past and forward to the future as you find out more about what is happening here.
Take a short detour to the information Kiosk before and after your walk to set the scene and discover more. Displays will tell you what birds you are likely to see and something about the cultural and natural values of the swamp, the battle to save Travis Wetland, and the activities involved in restoring its habitats.
Return to the main path and head clockwise (south) towards Site 2.
From March to September, keep and eye out for the Glossy Ibis and Bittern on this section.
Can you find this plant ?
One of our daisy shrubs.
Likes swampy areas.
The name refers to crinkles in the leaf.
Can you see this bird ?
Australasian Bittern, Botaurus poiciloptilus, Matuku
Have a close look at the patches of Raupo in this area, you may find the secretive Bittern.
The population of Bittern in New Zealand is less than 1000 birds.
When Europeans first arrived in New Zealand they were abundant.
The principal cause of past and ongoing decline is thought to be wetland drainage and degradation.
It’s nice to see them back at Travis Wetland.