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Wildlands Wellington News March 2013

In the last year or so several plans produced by Wildlands have been implemented.  It is a great feeling to see our advice coming to life.  Photo of one of the projects included.

It pays to keep your eye out for unusual things.  Staff working on a project spotted a strange plant.  It turned out to be Japanese (or Asiatic) knotweed (Fallopia japonica) which is a surveillance species in the Greater Wellington Region. 

Also spotted was a pair of Mana Island escapees - New Zealand shore plover (Thinornis novaeseelandiae) which is a Threatened-Nationally Critical species.

Wellington Wildlands now also can undertake Stream Ecological Valuation (SEV).  An SEV looks at the stream habitat quality, fish, and aquatic insects.  It can be used for development projects to help predict how much mitigation is required to offset any changes proposed for the affected stream. 

There is a brief explanation of the difference between mitigation and compensation.  Wildlands also has lots of expertise working in remote areas.