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History of Mahoe Reserve, Lincoln

Lincoln Township and the Selwyn District were once covered in native scrub, wetlands and forest vegetation including cabbage trees, tutu, and toe toe, flax, raupo, kahikatea, matai, and totara, ake ake, and various sedges. The shingle at Mahoe Reserve dates back a thousand years when the Waimakariri River flowed through Lincoln. All changed around 700 years ago as fires destroyed the vegetation, followed by agricultural practices and permanent settlements 150 years ago. This brought felling of native trees and the drainage of natural wetlands.

Over the last few hundred years, a significant ecological disturbance occurred causing unprecedented losses of native biodiversity as a consequence of habitat degradation. This habitat loss for invertebrates, birds and lizards has resulted in local, or in some cases, complete extinction of species.