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Wildlands Wellington News October 2012

A survey in the upper Tangarakau finds a population of the Nationally Critical stalked adder’s tongue fern (Ophioglossum petiolatum) alongside fine-leaved parsley fern (Botrychium biforme).

Surveys around Wellington have turned up some unusual species and habitats, including woollyhead (Craspedia uniflora var. maritima) a Naturally Uncommon coastal species, Te Horo gravel beach and dune, and a vertical seepage wetland, that supports a dense colony of glow worms (Arachnocampa luminosa) in Wellington City!

Two large Wairarapa wind farm applications, which we worked on, have recently been approved without any substantive ecological issues being appealed at the environment court.

Wildlands can now offer the services of a very experienced herpetologist, Dr Mandy Tocher.  Mandy is based in our Dunedin office, and has over 20 years’ experience as a lizard and frog expert.

Wildlands worked in partnership with the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust to survey Rarotonga for threatened indigenous plants. They searched for species not seen for 20 or more years, and one species that is thought to be extinct.