Swamps, drainage ditches and the like are often looked down upon but they are infact very important wetland ecosystems containing a vast number of different flora and fauna.
Fish and Game New Zealand along with the Royal Forest and Bird Society, the National Wetlands Trust and the Department of Conservation have been fighting hard to protect the remaining wetlands and establish new ones.
This website section has useful information on the biological value of wetlands and how to establish them. You can also download these pamphlets:
Simple steps to improve your farm pond
Basic tips for predator control
Using Straw Bales and Carex secta to establish vegetational cover for water birds
Fish & Game is the lead agency for the annual World Wetlands Day event held every February 2.