Feral pigs can do a lot of damage to native vegetation, bird life and insect life and some community groups are trying to tackle the problem in their patch to reduce the impact on the flora and fauna they are protecting.
At present the swamp helmet orchid is known to grow in only one site in New Zealand and that site is in the Waikato. The plant is nationally critical.The area where it grows contains open sedge and wire rush vegetation in wetlands.
Barrett Bush Reserve is one of Tui 2000 Inc projects. The bush is enhanced and maintained by a dedicated group of around 10 Friends of Barrett Bush. The 5ha reserve is located at Koromatua south west of Hamilton and is a lowland forest remnant surrounded in farmland.
Welcome to the Waikato Biodiversity Forum
The Waikato Biodiversity Forum is a partnership between research and management agencies, iwi groups, private landowners, communities and projects in relation to native biodiversity in the Waikato region of New Zealand.
The Forum's region of interest extends down to the northern slopes of the Tongariro National Park, across to Mokau on the west coast and up to just north of Port Waikato and includes the Coromandel Peninsula and land west of the Kaimais.
For information about the Forum click on About Us page or phone 0800 BIODIV (246348)