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Soggy Feet at Boggy Creek

Soggy Feet at Boggy Creek

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When:

  • Sat 30 Jan ’10, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Where:

Boggy Creek Reserve, Collets Road, Ellesmere lake edge, Selwyn

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Hardly the most glamorous title for an event on the shores of Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere; however the organisers of this year’s World Wetlands Day celebrations thought ‘Soggy Feet at Boggy Creek’ a fitting title.

“We want people to come in bare feet and gumboots to honour the wet and soggy places of the world that are so important,” says Fish and Game Officer Emily Arthur.

The celebrations will be held between 10am and 3pm on Saturday the 30th of January at Boggy Creek Reserve, Colletts Road. Arthur said she expected the event would attract parents looking for activities to entertain and educate their kids. Outdoor activities for kids and adults alike include fishing lessons, flax weaving, a plant safari, bird watching, stream life exploration and a BBQ.

The section of Boggy Creek that runs through the reserve is in the early stages of a collaborative restoration project between Fish and Game, the Selwyn District Council, local landowners and the Waihora Ellesmere Trust. These groups have joined forces to remove willows, restrict stock access and carry out restoration planting. Stream enhancement will be the subject of a talk and free bus trip to the restored Harts Creek.

“Boggy Creek is a perfect wetland to host the event because it is a great example of a community working together to restore a wetland,” says Arthur. “In addition it is a gamebird reserve valued for its recreational opportunity.”

World Wetlands Day is normally on the 2nd of February, but this year’s celebrations will be held on the weekend to make it more accessible for people. The day marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on the 2nd of February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Cancellation due to bad weather will be notified on Newstalk ZB on Saturday morning.

Contact: Emily Arthur
Fish & Game Officer
North Canterbury
Work phone: 03 366 9191
Mob: 021 221 8332
Home phone: 03 960 4483

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