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Scaifes Lagoon

Description:

Scaifes Lagoon.

Type/Class:

Swamp. 2

Size:

5.5 ha.

Altitude:

280 - 300 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

2.5 km Northeast of Glendhu Bay.
NZTM (centre point): E1286100 N5046900.

Regional Plan:

Water for Otago.
Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.133, Map F2.

Territorial Authority:

Queenstown Lakes District Council.

 

Scaifes Lagoon

Recorded Values:

Value

Description

A4

High degree of wetland naturalness. 1

A5

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

A1 - A3, A6 - A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.

 

Other Information:

  • Moa gizzards have been found during excavations of this site. 59

  • Presence of raupo (Typha orientalis). 60

  • Lagoon is an important habitat for waterfowl for breeding, feeding and resting, and has been used by waterfowl hunters for many years. 61

 

Aerial View of Scaifes Lagoon (March 2006)

Aerial View of Scaifes Lagoon (March 2006)

References:

1 Otago Regional Council (2004) Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Published by the Otago Regional Council, Dunedin.

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.

59 New Zealand’s Megaherbivores – Background. Retrieved from Landcare Research Online http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/ecosystems/megaherbivores/background.asp.

60 Land Information New Zealand (2003) Crown Pastoral Land Tenure Review: Alphaburn. Conservation Resources Report for the Commissioner of Crown Lands. Published by Land Information New Zealand, Wellington.

61 Land Information New Zealand (2005) Crown Pastoral Land Tenure Review: Alphaburn. Fish and Game Report. Published by Land Information New Zealand, Wellington.

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