Our beaches are inhabited by a variety of species including shellfish such as tuatua and biscuit shells and a variety of crustaceans such as sandhoppers and paddle crabs.
The dunes provide homes and food for small animals including insects, spiders, butterflies, moths and lizards which in turn provide habitats for shorebirds.
Endemic species of shorebirds are found along the Waikato shorelines including:
- New Zealand dotterel
- Variable oystercatcher