Story: Nelson region

Farewell Spit bird sanctuary

Farewell Spit, at the north-west tip of the South Island, is home to the South Island’s largest gannet colony. The spit is also utilised by migrant species such as godwits, knots and turnstones, and smaller numbers of rarer species. 112 bird species (including 35 wading species) have been recorded in the area.

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Dave Mason Productions
Reference: A Flying visit. Series 2: Takaka, Collingwood & Farewell Spit [video recording]. Producer, Dave Mason. Auckland: Rustic Road Productions, 2002.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Climate and environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 May 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015