Manawatu Estuary

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The Manawatu Estuary is an estuary at the mouth of the Manawatu River, near Foxton in the lower North Island of New Zealand. It is a wetland of international significance as one of the few Ramsar sites in New Zealand. At approximately 250 hectares,[1] the Manawatu Estuary is the largest estuary in the lower North Island.[2]

A total of 93 different bird species have been identified at the estuary. In 2005 the estuary attained Ramsar status.[3]

During spring migratory birds arrive for the summer at the estuary, including the Bar-tailed Godwit, Red Knot, Pacific Golden Plover, Japanese Snipe, Wandering Tattler and Whimbrel.[4]

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  1. ^ "Manawatu Estuary". The National Wetland Trust. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Manawatu Estuary Management Plan: 2007-2012". Horizons Regional Council. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Manawatu Estuary". Department of Conservation. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Birsding Sites - Manawatu Estuary". New Zealand Birds Limited. Retrieved 6 February 2013.