Wairau River Estuary and Vernon Lagoons

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This area is located in New Zealand and covers the Wairau estuary, located on the north coast of the South Island.
In the area there are the following habitats: beaches, estuary, coastal lagoons, channels, tidal mudflats, pebble bank, saltmarshes, streams, scrubs and farms.

Ornithological importance

In the area occurs many of New Zealand endemic species, such as New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae), Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata), Wrybill (Anarhynchus frontalis), Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor), Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae), Black-billed Gull (Larus bulleri), Black-fronted Tern (Sterna albostriata), and Spotted Shag (Phalacrocorax punctatus).

Geographic information

-41.529080°, 174.080815°


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Land uses

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Conservation status

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Information in English
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  • Knox, George A., An Ecological Survey of the Wairau River Estuary, Department of Zoology, University of Canterbury
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