- Presence of shore cotula (Leptinella dioica), rekoreko (Selliera radicans), sea primrose (Samolus repens) and cutty grass/rautahi (Carex geminata). 34
- Most of the lagoon is part of the Hawksbury Wildlife Reserve. An adjacent lagoon which is not included within the wetland's mapped boundary is part of the Coastal Protection Area covered by the Regional Plan: Coast. 1
- Listed as an Area of Significant Conservation Value in the Dunedin City District Plan. Described as two lagoons fed by channel, dissected by causeways. Natural values include wetland habitat values for native bird and fish species. Described as of regional significance. 28
- 121 plant species have been recorded: 43 local natives and 5 non-local natives, the remained being exotic. Two species are classified as nationally uncommon: Gossamer grass (Anemanthele lessoniana), which is 'at risk-declining' and golden sand sedge/Pikao (Desmoschoenus spiralis), which is 'at risk-relict'. Other native rushes and sedges recorded include jointed wire rush/oioi (Leptocarpus similis), cutty grass/rautahi (Carex geminata), knobby clubrush/wiwi (Ficinia nodosa), leafless rush (Juncus distegus), Juncus edgariae, salt marsh ribbonwood/houi (Plagianthus divaricatus) and sea primrose/maakoako (Samolus repens). 83
- Nationally threatened and uncommon birds recorded include Grey Duck (Anas superciliosa) , nationally critical; White Heron (Egretta alba modesta), nationally critical; Eastern Falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae "eastern"), nationally vulnerable; Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor), at risk - recovering; Australasian Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus), at risk - declining; Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia), threatened - nationally vulnerable; Black-billed Gull (Larus bulleri), threatened-nationally endangered; Red-billed Gull (Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus), threatened - nationally vulnerable; Black Shag (Phalacrocorax carbo novaehollandiae), at risk - naturally uncommon; Little Shag (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos brevirostris), at risk - naturally uncommon; Little Black Shag (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), at risk - naturally uncommon; and Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia), at risk - naturally uncommon. 83
- Freshwater fish species recorded include eels, inaka (Galaxias maculatus) and bully (Gobiomorphus sp.). 83
- The lagoon also provides important habitat for common waterfowl species such as New Zealand Shoveller/Kuruwhengi (Anas rhynchotis variegata), Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata), Grey Teal (Anas gracilis), Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) and Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos). 83
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