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Ashburton District Council has approved funding of $4,400 for an invertebrate survey of Wakanui Beach at today’s Service Delivery Committee meeting.
The survey aims to determine what invertebrate species are present at the beach, which has shown to be home to a number of rare native plant species.
Council Open Spaces Planner Bert Hofmans says vegetation surveys have been completed on Wakanui Beach, and the continued research will help determine what should be done to protect and enhance the area’s biodiversity.
“Under the Ashburton District Biodiversity Action Plan 2011-16, Council has commissioned ecological surveys of the Ashburton District plains. Most of these have been completed, and this invertebrate survey will add to our understanding of the district’s biodiversity and what needs to be done to protect it.”
The $4,400 funding is a recommendation presented in the Wakanui Beach Landscape and Management Plan which Council received today. The recommendation is one component of the management plan that Council and the community will be involved in.
The funds for the survey will be taken from Council’s Biodiversity funding account.