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Estuarine Vegetation Survey: Inner Firth of Thames

 

Report: TR 2006/40
Author: Meg Graeme, Natural Solutions, Marine & Terrestrial Ecologists Ltd

 

Abstract

Estuarine vegetation was mapped in the Firth of Thames, from Tararu to Kaiaua. Using a combination of aerial photos and ground truthing, major community types were mapped: saltmarsh (rush / sedge community, saltmarsh ribbonwood community, sea meadow community); mangroves; seagrass and weeds. The report includes a description of estuarine vegetation observed in different areas, accompanied by a series of photos. It also includes comments on observed threats to estuarine vegetation, and other field notes of interest, as well as a series of recommendation for potential restoration / rehabilitation.

Estuarine Vegetation Survey : Inner Firth of Thames - part a
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Estuarine Vegetation Survey : Inner Firth of Thames - part b
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Methodology 1
2.1.1 Wetland vegetation classification 1
3 Field Notes 76
3.1.1 Summary 76
3.1.2 Site descriptions/notes 77
3.1.3 Birds 83
3.1.4 Weeds 83
4 Discussion 84
4.1.1 General survey findings 84
4.1.2 Riparian management and stock access 86
4.1.3 Land drainage activity 87
4.1.4 Maimais & boat moorings 88
4.1.5 Potential community restoration sites 88
4.1.6 Recommended action points 89
  References 90
  Figures 91
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