South Island FernbirdSouth Island Fernbird / Mātātā © C Fern

Paremata Flats is home to much birdlife, including the locally endangered South Island Fernbird / Mātātā and Banded Rail / Moho-pererū. Both of these species inhabit saltmarsh and the initial plantings include extensive rehabilitation of the formerly grazed saltmarsh environs.

Banded RailBanded Rail © Les Moran

Trapping of rats and stoats in this area have already led to an increase in the observance of the Fernbird.

In addition the existing Kowhai remenant at Paremata is a major feeding spot for local population of Tūī and Kererū (wood-pigeon). In the spring flowering the area is alive with flocks of these birds – gallery of images.