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Managing our Environment

Long Gully Marsh

Description:

Reed swamp, locally known as Alexandra Swamp.

Type/Class:

Swamp 2

Size:

1.3 ha

Altitude:

170 - 180 m above sea level

Approximate location:

Intersection of Manuherikia Road and Rock View Road, Galloway.
NZTM (centre point): E1318910 N4986660

Regional Plan:

Water for Otago
Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.86, Maps F12.

Territorial Authority:

Central Otago District Council

 

Long Gully Marsh

Recorded Values:

Value

Description

A5

Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Less than 15% of swamps remain in Otago. 2

A1 - A4, A6 - A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.

 

Other Information:

  • Composition of mainly natives, with niggerhead/pūkio (Carex secta), cutty grass/rautahi (Carex coriacea) and bulrush/Raupō (Typha orientalis). Some recently planted manuka, white tea tree/kānuka (Kunzea ericoides), scented tree daisy (Olearia odorata), Olearia lineata (threat status of declining), mingimingi (Coprosma propinqua), cottonwood/tauhinu (Ozothamnus leptophyllus), climbing broom (Carmichaelia kirkii), Spaniard (Aciphylla subflabellata, threat status of declining), small-leaved pohuehue/pōhuehue (Muehlenbeckia complexa), cabbage tree/kouka (Cordyline australis) and kowhai. 3

  • Diverse birdlife including Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), New Zealand Shoveller/Kuruwhengi (Anas rhynchotis variegata), Swamp hen/Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus), Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), White-faced Heron (Ardea novaehollandiae novaehollandiae), Kingfishers (Alcedinidae), Hawks, Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuensis plumbea) and Marsh Crake (Porzana pusilla affinis). 3

  • Noted as a reed swamp in the inventory of Wetlands of Ecological and Representative Importance (WERI). 3

  • Part of the area includes QEII covenant 5/12/140.

  • Listed as an Additional Wetland in Schedule 19.6A of the Central Otago District Plan. 55

 

Aerial view Long Gully Marsh (March 2005)

Aerial view Long Gully Marsh (March 2005)

Long Gully Marsh (February 2005)

Long Gully Marsh (February 2005) 51

References:

2 Ausseil, A.G., Newsome, P., Johnson, P. (2008) Wetland Mapping in the Otago Region. Landcare Research Contract Report prepared for the Otago Regional Council.

3 Correspondence with landowner (2004) Correspondence 00645126 – File no. RI121.

51 Otago Regional Council – Photo Archive. 

55 Central Otago District Council (2008) Central Otago District Plan, Published by Central Otago District Council, Alexandra.

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