Sunday, June 13, 2021

The birds of Washdyke Lagoon revisited

TitleThe birds of Washdyke Lagoon revisited
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBenn, JL
Type of ArticleFull article
Keywordsbirds, references, species list, threat status, Washdyke Lagoon

An updated list of bird species identified at Washdyke Lagoon, Timaru, New Zealand is presented, along with the corresponding threat status and references relating to individual species. The information was based on a literature search of published or readily available information. Sixty-five species were identified (plus hybrids and unidentified species), which expands considerably on previous checklists from the lagoon. Eighteen species (nearly 28%) are threatened or at risk. The number and diversity of species identified emphasises the importance of the lagoon as a coastal wetland habitat on the central east coast of the South Island. The lagoon’s existence is under very serious threat from coastal erosion and a variety of human influences.

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